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Formerly of Philadelphia, Merchant* 

«« Father of light and life ! thou good fupreme, 

«< O teach mc what is good ! teach me thyfelf ! 

<* Save me from folly, vanity, and vice, 

<* From ev'ry low purfuit! and feed Biy foul 

«« With knowledge, confcious peace, and virtue pure! 

** Sacred, fubftantial, never-fading blifs 1" 

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To HIS Excellency JOHN ADAMS, 
Prejident of the United States of America^ 


I DID myfelf the honor to wait on you, previous to 
your election, to the chief, inflation, in America; and, 
on fhewing you the title and conditions of pubhcation 
of the following colleftion of poems, you were io 
condefcending as to give me your countenance of 
friendfhip on the occafion. It is to the great and 
firft characters in any nation or country, we are to look 
for encouragement in literature, otherwife it mufl de- 
cline and languifli. I muft, however, entreat your 
pardon for the liberty I have taken, in addreffing my 
* little poetic effay to your protection, without firffc 
confultingyou on that occafion, but that I feared your 
well known modefty, would have deprived me of an 
opportunity of thus publicly gratifying m.y feelings, 
had I previoufly applied to you on this head. I have 
fpent the chief part of my youthful days in America^ 
once tutor in one of the firft families of New-York, 
afterwards feveral years a merchant in this city in 
wholefale trade ; but, by a feries of unforefeen misfor- 
tunesy^ reduced to retirement from the bufy and noify 
world, where I fometimes amufed myfelf writing po- 
etic effays, and meeting encouragement from fome 
of the gentlemen in Ireland, in that way, who gave. 

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mc a guinea per poem as a flimulus in that line. 
May your days be profperous, your life long and ufe- 
ful to your country, lb that in the decUnc ot hfe, you 
may hkcyour much honoured predecelTor retire crown- 
ed with laurels, enjoy the pleafures of a well fj.ent 
life, and at lall enjoy that crown of rightcoufncfs laid 
up ior the heirs of falvation, is the hearty prayer of 

S I R, 

Your devoted and obedient fcrvant^ 


Philadelphia^ May 2, 1797. 



A PREFACE is generally looked for, and fomc 
account of the author may be fatisfadtory. 
I received my education with an uncle, who was 
redlor of two parlflies in the weft of Ireland, from 
whom I went young abroad; and, coming to Ame- 
rica, at an early period, was nearly twenty-one years 
an inhabitant in it, in various fpheres of life. I 
married an inhabitant of the city of Philadelphia, of 
a good family and fortune, and, being bred to the bu- 
finels of a merchant, was in wholefale trade fom^ey ears ; 
but, by the deceafe of my wife, in a (liort time after 
marriage, and a feries of unforefeen misfortunes in 
trade, was fubjefted to a failure, and, on that occalion, 
obliged to have recourfe for the affiftance of fome re- 
latives in the north of Ireland ; und, from an cxami-K 
nation of fome hours before the late bifliop of Down 
and Connor, at his houfe in Lifburn, as a candidate for 
the place of mafter of the free fchool of Colerain^ 
(wdiofe patrons are the honourable the Irifli Society, 
2>t?W(?;7, proprietors of the chief eftates of that country) 
I was, from the recommendation of the biihop, ana 
other gentlemen of note, unanimoufly appointed by 
faid fociety mafter of their fchool, worth about /'.So 
fterhng per annum. I confequently lived happily at 
Colerain for fifteen years, till, by the deceafe of faid 
biftiop and other friends and recommenders, a new 
king, (or agent) arofe, who knew^ not /ofetb, who, in 
the mofl inhuman, cruel, and tyrannical manner. 

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tnadc ufe of his interert: to have me put out of my 
place, to ferve a friend ot his own, who looked for 
my bread. In this fituation, retired in a country gen- 
tleman's houfe, in a rural retreat, foramulement I com- 
pofed a poem (having a turn from m.y youth of that 
fort) defcriptive of the feat of the earl of Brillol, bi- 
iliop of Londonderry, called Dowfi-hill near Colerain, 
The gentlemen who knew me, fubfcribed liberally 
on the occafion. Since my late arrival in America 
I have compofed the following pieces, as per index. 
The candid reader, I hope, will not look with a critic 
fcverity, but with an eyeof lenity, to a real friend and 
many years an inhabitant of America, and humbly 
hope the meditations among the tombs will be plea- 
Ung to every elafs of readers in a poetic drefs, as it 
retains the fame ideas as the profe, and none who reads 
but have fome friends in that ftate where we muft 
Ihortly be. I fincerely thank my fubfcribers for 
their encouragement, and am their grateful friend, 


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The great ejfeem, the world had Jhewn for the late Her^ 
vey^sjiiblime meditations^ hath led the author^ to intro-* 
duce them among the tombs in a poetic Jiyle^ which it is 
hoped wilt be agreeable to every clajs of readers. 

For I know that thou wilt bring me to death, and to thehoufe appoin- 
ted for all living. Job xxx. 23. 

AS I to CornwallXdX^-^ went abroad, 
At a large village I lloppM on the road; 
And, being forcM a (hort time there to ftay. 
Unto the neighboring church I bent my way. 
The facred doors, like heav'n, to which they guide. 
Were for a worthlefs ftranger opened wide. 
Glad fuch an opportunity to find. 
To f, end fome minutes there I was inchn'd. 
The lolemn place, fo awfully retired, 
With pleafing, mournful thoughts my foul infpiiM ; 
Which ufeful were, I truft, in fome degree. 
While they poflfefs'd and enliven^ me ; 
From which, if any good you can receive. 
The narrative, frefli happinefs will give. 
The ancient pile was rais'd and beautifyM* 
By hands of men, whom, ages fince, had ay'd ; 
And fituated in a large grave-yard. 
Whence tumult, noife, and hurry were debarr'd : 
The body fpacious, the ftrudlure great, 
The whole in grand fimplicity complete. 
A row of pillars in the midft appeared. 
Whereon the nobly mxodeftroof was rear'd. 
Each objed: grave, and venerable feemx'd. 
From the dim light, which thro* the window gleam/d. 
The filent, gloomy afped: of the place. 
Did with folemnity the fcene increafe. 
My mind with pious terror was poffefs'd, 
As penfive through the inmofl; aille I prefs'd; 

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Which cv'ry ruder paflion wholly quell'd, 

And all the allurements of the world repelled . 

Having due praiie to God Almighty paid, 

Who in eternal majcfty arrav'd, 

Has heav'n his throne, the earth his footflool made> 

On a fine altar-' iece, I fix'd mv eye. 

Which once, ^tow's mafter-builders did employ ; 

And wh;ch with fervent gratitude was giv'n. 

An humble prefent to the Lord ofheav*n; 

Who gracioufiy a helping hand did lend, 

Enabhng them with joy their work to end. 

How lovely, Gratitude, doft thou appear. 

When great Jehovah is the objedt dear! 

Gratitude's the beft principle that can real virtue fill the foul of man : 

Something difinterefted it Ihews forth, 

AnJ grant the term, of noble, gen'rous worth. 

Fr?y*rchiefiy doth regard our future ftate, 

Reiientance our fallen nature indicate ; 

But gratitude in Eden held its reign. 

When for no crime our parents could complain ; 

And will in heav'n perpetuated be, 

Where God's enthron'd to all eternity. 

This temper fweet, in accents fuch as thefe. 

Its fenfe of benefits receiv'd difplays : 

** I am o!)liged ; nor know I how to prove, 

** My ardent th nks for your furpafling love.'* 

Surely we thus mofl properly declare, 

Our praifcs for God's goodncfs are fincere ; 

Our great Creator's courts to decorate. 

And with due honours beautify his feat. 

His dwelling place was glorious lierctoforc, 

L*t it not now be fordid, mean, or poor. 

A mind ingenuous will tcel great woe, 

A'l-i every people, tlecp reproach muftknow; 

V\'ho on their houfci.> fuch c.ypcncc employ. 

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In cedar wainfcot and vermillion dye ; 

While God's own building, fliameful to relate^ 

Stands quite negledled, in a filthy ftate. 

With Solomon's addrefs, my foul was pleas'd 

When for God's ufe a temple he had raisM ; 

He had eredied, with vaft fl^ill and charge, 

A noble ftructure, exquifitely large. 

But he his work reviewed, and ftruck with awe^ 

The powV tranfcendant of the Godhead faw. 

The building was too elegant and blefs'd 

By the moft mighty king to be poffefsM ; 

For entrance to unhallow'd feet, too clean; 

Yet for God's dwelling infinitely mean. 

The wife king own'd it was furprifing grace. 

That God Almighty *' there his name fhould place.'* 

The pafTage, with true delicacy fraught, 

Difplay'd a grand fublimity of thought ; 

Therefore I fliall not hefitate to fhew. 

The pious fentiments which through it flow. 

'' Will God indeed vouchfafe to dwell on earth, 

" The place which gives to WTCtched mortals birth ? 

*' Behold, theheav'n of heav'ns can't thee contain, 

*' Sure in this houfe much lefs thou can'ft remain..^ 

Unequalled words ! and worthy of his pen, 

Whofe wifdom flione o'er all the fons of men ! 

Who would not choofe, then, rather to pofiTefs 

Such elevated piety and grace. 

Than all the coflly furniture to own. 

With which his facred dome fuperbly flione ? 

With admiration \\c are apt to praife 

The coftly edifice at which we gaze ; 

And, while with joy its grandeur we behald> 

The merit of the archited: is told. 

Perhaps the antient temple having feerr. 

The difciples' remark our ov/n had been. 

Which they have fuperficially made, 

^* What Hones and wgrkmanlhip arc here difplay^d!''* 

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But much more noble feelings wc fhall fhow 

To pay with Solomon, the thanks we owe ; 

With joy our celebrating voices raife, 

JEHOVAH's great benignity to praife. 

That Gody the high and mighty, whom we trace. 

In boundlefs glory, through the rounds of fpace ; 

Should Will m ipecial manner there to live, 

A mortal building for his houfe receive ; 

Should manifeft a wonderful degree. 

Of benedidtive grace and majeify; 

His prefence fhew to finncrs, and declare 

He'd make them '* joyful in his houfe of pray'r/^ 

This fliould our hearts more fenfibly delight 

Than coflly ftrucftures gratify the lights 

Nay, the eternal God does not refufe 

Our fouls his fpirit's dwelling place to choofe; 

And of ourfelves a flmdiuary make 

And e'en our bodies for his temple take. 

Ye who rely on critic's catching wings. 

And Eiicely weigh the difference of things j 

Quickly approach, and, by your judgments fhew, 

** Whether of joy or wonder more we owe/' 

Himfelfhe humbleth, as the fcripture tell. 

To view the beings that in heaven dwell. 

^Tis a moft condefcendingproofof love. 

Of angels and archangels to approve ; 

When lowly, from their heav'niy thrones, they all 

In homage to their Great Creator fall. 

And will he poor, polluted dull: regard. 

And with a gracious union us reward? 

Unrivaird honour ! Privilege divine ! 

Be this ineilimable portion mine ' 

Then will I not for regal titles ffrive 

Or keep the haughty claun for pow'r alive jl 

But 1( t me tliink what fancSity of mind, 

And upright convcrfatioa is enjoin d. • 

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Of fuch relations to raife my weak voice. 

Remember this, '* and trembling rejoice."' 

Dare I, whilft thro' the hallovv'd courts I walk. 

Contradl ihiquity in deed or talk ? 

Or could Jerufalem's high-prieft permit, 

Himlelf a known tranfgreffion to commit ; 

While he into the holy of holies made, 

His yearly folemn entrance ; and array 'd 

In facred robes, v/ith reverence beftow'd 

Becoming worfliip to Almighty God ? 

No, truly. In circumftances, fure 

No thinking man could poffibly endure 

Temptations, the remoteft, to affail. 

And o'er his probity of heart prevail, 

I all indecency of carriage dreads 

Left I by it to evil fhould be led. 

Why is not, then, this jealous holy ftrife^ 

Carry 'd thro' all our ordinary life ? 

Why to ourfelves is not juft Honour fliewn 

As beings fandlified to God alone ? 

Whom living temples of himfelf he makes^ 

As the unerring word of fcripture fpeaks ? 

If we our condud: as true chriftians guide, 

God fays he *' dwells in us" and will abide. 

That this one dodlrine of religion would 

With ftrength abiding on our fouls intrude ! 

Inftead of countlefs laws 'tv/ould regulate 

Our lives, and holinefs in us create. 

From fuch convertive pow'r, we would defire 

A purity of purpofe to acquire ; 

To walk and live deferving of his care. 

Who makes us his paternal kindnefs fliare. 

And who, with majefty tranfcendant crown'd. 

Our union with himfelf and fon has ov/n'd. 

I caft my eyes next on the letter'd floor. 

Which, like Ezekicl's roll^ was written o'er^r 


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I foon pcrcelv'd that the fimihtude 

Held alfo in another manner good; 

And the infcription ufher'd in a train 

Of vary'd ** lamentations, woe, and pain." 

My obfervationthey did much excite. 

And to perufe them filently invite. 

And what would thefe dumb monitors relate. 

If I fhoiild on them fome time contemplate? 

*' That under this circumference lay, 

<" Such and fuch pieces of deceafed clay, 

*' Which lived once, could play, converfe and move, 

*' And thro' life's various fcenes of acSlion rove .; 

*VThat, to preferve their names they had the care, 

** And of their memories the truftees were.^* 

Now, being rouz'd from deep contemplation, 

Ah ! cry'd I, is fuch my fituation ! 

The everlafting God doth me furround. 

And bones of fellow-creatures laid in ground ! 

With the revering patriarch, fure I, 

** How terrifying is this place !" iliould cry. 

Devotion, and a fober frame become 

To all eternity this holy dome. 

O may I never enter lightly here. 

But witli an awe profound, and godly fear ! 

From all irreverence may I be free. 

And banilh ev'ry fign of levity ! 

''That they were wife,'' th' infpired penman fliid,'^ 

When for liis people his laft wiih he made, ^ 

He breathed it out, and Nature's will obey'd. J 

But what is wifdom ? It wx cannot find. 

To fpcculations critical confined ; 

Refe arches into nature cannot Ihew, 

Nor hillory entire tliis gift bcilovv. 

In his next afpiration, the divine 

law-giver fays, ** That this they would define/* 

That they had apprchenfions to difccrn 

Their welfare, fpiritual, and their fouls' concern !'* 


That they had eyes, and wilh'd things to purfue. 

From which their peace eternal would enfue ! 

How can the race of mortals, poor and mean. 

Knowledge io infinitely rich attain ? 

I fend them not, the rev'rend teacher faid. 

To read the works of all alive or dead ; 

Bv thinking of their latter end they can. 

This awful fcience with lefs trouble fcan. 

This fpark of heav'n is very often loft. 

By glittering pomp of erudition croft ; 

But ihiines moft evidently in the gloom 

And dreary habitations of the tomb. 

Drow^n'd in this gentle w^hifper, in life's cares, 

Amidft the noife of fecular affairs ; 

But in retirement moft deftindlly fpeaks, 

- And for its dwelling contemplation takes. 
Behold how providentially I'm brought, 

To wifdom's fchool, fo worthy to be fought ! 

A very faithful mafter is the grave, 

And thefe tomb-ftone's inftructive leflbns leave. 

Come calm attention; and my thoughts compofe \ 

And, heav'nly fpirit ! blefs what you difclofe I 

That fo thefe awful pages I may read. 

As to '' falvation to grow wife'' indeed ! 

Searching mortality's records I found. 

That with memorials they did abound. 

Of numbers who, promifcuoufly here, 

Had bid adieu to earthly joy and fear. 

Huddled they were, and did together lie. 

Of rank regardlefs or fcniority. 

- Within thishoufe of mourning, for chief feats. 
Or for the higheft rooms, were no debates ; 
Or eager cxpedations none here dwell. 

Of being honor'd in their darkfome cclL 
Men ot experience, and years, who, when. 
They liv'd, were oracles to other men ;' 

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At feet of babes contented were to flcep^ 

And here uninterrupted iilence keep. 

Mafter and fervants, with hke ornanicnts. 

Were clad, who lodg'd in thefe cold tenements. 

The poor as foundly flept, as foftly lay, 

As the poflcfTor, opulent and gay. 

All the diflindion that in them I founds 

A graffy hillock was, with oliers bound. 

Or fepulchrcs with imagery crownM. 

What, faid my working thoughts, Ihould we complain 

For rank of precedence, as things fo vain ; 

Since equal meannefs is each perfon's fate 

When thus changed to another ftatc ? 

Why fhould we then, exalt ourfelves fo high. 

Or debafe others for their poverty; 

Since we muflall, on our allotted day. 

In common mix, in undiftinguifli'd clay ? 

Oh ! that his cogitation might pull down. 

The pride of other people, and my own ; 

And our imaginations fink as low, 

As our frail dwellings muft in fliort time bow ! 

Among thefe relics, doubtlefs we will find, 

A jarring int'reft, and difcordant mind ; 

But, like fome able days-man, death has laid 

On the contending parties, hands, and made 

Their former variances all obey, 

And to an amicable end give way. 

Here thofc who, living, were at enmity, 

By death are brought to dwell in unity. 

Here all embittcr'd thoughts they drop, nor know 

The fmallcrt difference 'twixt friend or foe. 

Perhaps their crumbling bones togctlier all. 

Unite in common, as they mouldVingfall. 

Thofe who were filled with invct'ratehate. 

And for each other ills did meditate ; 

Here to their quarrels put a peaceful end. 

And friendly in the grave together blend. 

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O ! that thefe afnes would fuch council give. 

That we together might in friendfliip live ; 

Refentment's fever from our minds erafe, 

Norfuffer paffion's fiercenefs to increafe 

Mindlefs of injuries, and free from ftrife. 

To pafs the thorny road of human life ; 

That no more variance the quick might dread ; 

Than's in the congregation of the dead ? 

But I fuch general remarks fufpend, 

And to particulars my thoughts now bend. 

Yonder white ftone doth evidently fhew. 

An emblem of innocence below; 

And tells each paffenger, that, vmderneath, "] 

A tender infant lies, configned to death, ^ 

When it had fcarce receivM the gift of breath. J 

There lies the peaceful infant, without pain. 

Nor knows what labour and vexation mean; 

There it *' lies quiet'' with no care opprefs'd. 

It fleeps profoundly ftill ^* and is at reft/' 

When in the right'ous laver of the Lord, 

It was to fecond fpotlefs birth reftor'd ; 

Regenerated, 'twould no longer ftay, ^ 

When its im.purities wxre wafli'd away ; 

But, bound for heav'n, ftretch'd out its callow 'wingSj 

And took a fpeedy leave of earthly things : 

What did the little fojourner, then, find. 

So hateful and difgufting 'mongft mankind. 

That itfo foonto leave them was difpos'd 

And on the world its eyes for ever clos'd ? 

Its Saviour would not think, before he dy'd. 

When he the vinegar and gall had try'd. 

And, had our new-come ftranger to its lip, 

The cup of life rais'd, and begun to fip. 

But, when the bitter potion it had prov'd, 

Refus'd the draught, and ftraight its head remov'd ? 

Was this the reafon that the babe fo fhy, 

Look'd en the light with a fcarce open'd eye 5 

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Then did to more invitino- reo^ions haftc. 

The fweets of undiftiirb'd rcpofe to tafte. 

O happy voyager ! who launched abroad 

Diredly to the wilh'd-for haven rode ! 

More happy they, who, by the billows toft, 

The dangerous tempeils of the w^orld have crofs'd> 

And to fafe harbour have at laft attained, 

By many ftorms and grievous troubles gain'd ! 

Who ** thro' various tribulations driv'n, 

** Have entered finally the part of heav'n,'' 

To their convoy divine have blifs fecur'd. 

And to their fellow-toilers joy procured ; 

Have giv'n, examples with good counfel fraught, 

By v/hich fucceeding pilgrims might be taught i 

O fortunate probation ! who were 

Chofen without exercife of pain or care I 

^Twas thy particular privilege to be 

From all the woes of thy furvivors free : 

Which oft the braveft fortitude opprefs, 

And on the firmeft faith inflict diftrcfs. 

Affliction's arrows, with fore anguilh barb'd. 

Are for our choiceft comforts oft referv'd. 

Temptation's fiery darts for ever fly, 

iPy Satan aim'd at our integrity. 

But you, fvveet babe, by Providence belov'd. 

From fuch diflrels and danger were removed. 

Think then ye mourning parents, nor comv^lain 

For brcathlcfs children, us ye weep in vain. 

Why Ihould you be in lamentations drown^i 

While your babes with victory are crown'd. 

Before the fword was drawn, or cruel ftrifc 

Had fhcd its venom on the ills of life ? 

Perhaps Almighty Go^I forefaw fomc wile. 

Some tempting evil that fliould them beguile^ 

Of fore advcrfity, a dreadful florm. 

Or of dire wickcdncfs, a monllrous form. 

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How then m words, which nothing can avail, 
Againfl: that kind precaution dare you rail ? 
That which your dear and plea fan t plant conveyed 
Free from temptation to a fragrant fhade ; 
Before the light'nings flew, the thunders roarM 
And its deftruftive rage the tempeft pour'd ? 
Remember that of them you're not bereaved 
But from ^* the coming evil they are fav'd ;'' 
And let furvivors, doomed to bear the heat 
And burden of the day, with joy relate. 
That this for their encouragement they've got. 
More honors won by having bravely fought. 
Than {hould the viclory with eafe be gain'd. 
Or a rich prize be with fmall toil obtained. 
They who with refignation could obey 
Affliftive Providence's angry fway ; 
And who glad homage to the crofs have paid, 
On v/hich their blefs'd Redeemer once was laid ^ 
Who did their minds with perfeverance fill. 
And faithfully perform their mafter's will : 
Thefe, after they on earth God's praife have fung,. 
While fervent gratitude infpir'd each tongue. 
Perhaps in Heav'n like brighteft ftars will blaze^ 
And fpread around them their refulgent rays ; 
Shall in God's everlafting kingdom fee 
Stronger joy beam forth in an high degree. 

Here a fond mother's grief is funk to reft, 
Theblafted hope of a kind father's breafl. 
Like a well water'd plant the youth up grew. 
Shot deep, rofe high, and manhood had in viev/ y 
But as the cedar juil: began to tow'r. 
Its branching head within the verdant bow'r i 
And promised in a little time to lay. 
O'er all the trees, an arbitrary fway ; 
Behold unto the root the axe is laid. 
The blow is ftruck^ by which its honours fade. 


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And did he fall alone ? O ! no ; the joy 

And comfort of his father, brought fo high ; 

And all the hopes which fiU'd a mother's heart, 

Axt once v/cre blafted by death's fatal dart. 

Doubtjcfs, it would have pierc'd one's heart to view 

The tender parents their dead Ton purfue. 

Perhaps o'er^vhelm'd with tears, void of rehef 

On this lame fpot they flood, choak'd up with grief. 

This thought diflurbs me, and mcthinks I fee 

The griev'd pair at this fad folemnity. 

Their hands they wring, in agonizing pain. 

And weep their lov'd, loll fon, but weep in vain. 

Is it but fancy all ? or do I hear 

The mother's anguifli for her breathlefs dear ; 

Of her foul's darling taking her laft leave, 

While for her pangs no comfort fhe'U receive? 

Dumb ihe remained, while Ihe fees. 

The end put to the awful obfcquies ; 

She leans upon the partner of her woes, 

''Till irrepreffible her torture grows. 

Her forrows of all comfort her bereaves; 

She haftily advances to the grave. 

And faflcns one more look on her lov'd boy. 

The lafl:, alas I flie ever muft enjoy ; 

And as flie looks, with mournful words flie cries. 

With broken accents, and heart-rending fighs ; 

•' Farewell, my fon ! my deareil fon, farewell ! 

*' Would to God I had died ere you fell ! 

** I^^irevvell, my child, to happinefs and you ! 

*' To both I now for ever bid adieu ! 

*' Tlu'nk not that pleafure can for mc be found, 

•* My head fhall fink with forrow to thegrt)und." 

From this affliding figlu let parents know. 
What to their children's interclt they owe; 
If they thro' moral paths would have them run, 
And flic deflrudivc w iles of Satan Ihun : 

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If your own bodies' ofFspring can you move. 

If you regard thofe pledges of your love: 

O 1 fpare no pains ; be diligent to teach 

Counfel, by which they may to heaven reach ; 

By which they faving wifdom may receive, 

And in *' the nurture of the Lord may live." 

Then may their life yield comfort to your mind. 

Or in their death you'll confolation find. 

If their fpan is prolonged, their blamelefs ways 

Will be a ftaff for your declining days. 

If in the midft their years be lopp'd away, 

With greater hopes, and with lefs fears you may 

Commit their lifelefs bodies to the clay ; 

Than the furvivors you can fend to know 

What benefits from education flow\ 

The future hopes, of having them reftor'd. 

Will folace for your prefent lofs afford ; 

When you receive them to your longing arm.s, 

Highly improvM in noble, godly charms. 

A trial hard it is, I muft confefs. 

And more afflicSive than I can exprefs, 

A blooming child, fprung from your loins to leave 

In the receffes of the gloomy grave : 

Upon your knees w^hom you have dandled long. 

And caught delightful accents from its tongue; 

Join'd to your love by many a fond tie, 

Become now both the comfort of your eye. 

And the fupporter of your family ! 

Doubtlefs you would in keeneft anguifli mourn. 

To have the dear one from your bolbm torn. 

But, O ! you and the child would more be croft. 

To have his foul from God for ever loft; 

For early fin, or fhameful want of grace. 

Debarred from ev'ry h^pe of faving peace ; 

And doom'd to regions of corroding pain, 

With friends m cndlefs torments to remain ! 

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HcAV would it your diftreffes aggravate, 

Confcious of your neglect, when now too laic. 

If thefe refieftions fliould your mind employ, 

While weeping you attend your breathlefs boy ! 

** This child, tho' capable to know long iince, 

*' Between what's good and ill the difference ; 

^' Is from the world rcmovM before it knew 

** The mighty end for which life's breath it drew- 

*' A niomentary life it had from me, 

** But no inflrudion fraught with piety ; 

*** Nothing from me its happinefs t* infure, 

*' In that llate which it now miift ftill endure. 

*' The breathlefs corpfc is in the coffin plac'd> 

** And left in the cold, filent grave to wafle: 

*' And what good reafonhave I to fuppofe, 

** It's precious foul enjoys m.ore fweetrepofe? 

** Why may I not more juffly apprehend, 

*' Eternal punifliment mull be it's end ; 

*^ That, by a judge, impartially fevere, 

■*' 'Tis fentenc'd endlefs mifery to bear ? 

** While I v.eep at its imtimely fate, 

^' In utter darknefs it may deprecate 

^' Its hated birth-day, and forever mourn, 

'^ That 'twas of fuch a wicked parent born.'* 

Nought but the worm, that fliall forever live, 

Can anguilh like felf-condemnation give. 

Racks, pains, and tortures muft be eafy things, 

Contraftcd with remorfe's jjnawino- ftin<rs. 

How very carncffly I wiih, that they 

Who have the management of children, may 

Take againft confciencc-fcourges timely care. 

Which, at the lafl, intollerablc arc; 

By ilriving early in their minds to move, 

Knowledge of Cbrijt, of truth, a cordial love ! 

On this hand one is lodg'd whofc tomb does fliew 
A taie^ indeed^ of pitiable woe J 

( 2^ ) 

Well may the little images recline. 

O'er the dumb afhes hang their heads, and pine I 

None can the melancholy ftory hear, 

But fure muft drop, the fympathifing tear- 

Juft twenty-eight his age ; fudden his death; 

Himfelf in prime of life deprived of breath : 

*' His bones with manly marrow^ were replete, 

'' Full were his breafts of milk,'* w^ien cruel fate 

Did from the body call his foul away. 

And give the carcafe to its parent clay. 

Perhaps his mind, with many pleafures fraught^ 

Of th' evil hour, had entertained no thought. 

And, who could any apprehenfions have. 

So bright a fun, the world at noon fliould leave ? 

Men thought his hill, flood in a firm-fix'd place; 

Long life feem'd written in his fanguine face : 

Large trains of earthly fatisfadlion were. 

The fure folaces of his greateft care- 

V/hen lo ! an unexpected ftroke defcends, 

From that ftrong arm, * which lofty mountains rends ;* 

Which, like the '* m^oth, the felf-thought hero's might 

Crufhes,^^ refiftlefs, into gloomy night ; 

And that as quickly and with much more eafe. 

Than men to death that feeble infed: fqueeze. 

Perhaps the profpe6t of his nuptial joy, 

Was all that did his warmed thoughts employ ; 

Perhaps the breathings of his love-fick breaft. 

Were in a language like to this exprefs'd : 

'' Yet but a little while, and Til poflTefs, 

** The utmofL" of all human happinefs : 

'' Fll call my charmer mine, and in her have, 

*' The greateft comfort that my heart can crave T^, 

In fuch inchanting views did fome kind friend. 

Bid on the opening grave his eyes to bend. 

And foftly hint the momentary fpan, 

On earth allotted to that creature, man. 

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How vaftly out of time would he have thought. 
The admonitions which he then was taught ! 
Tho' rich in feeming bhfs, and warm his blood, 
He on the brink of diffolution ftood. 
Dreadful viciffitude ! that bridal joys 
Should be exchanged for death's folemnities ! 
Deplorable misfortune ! to be loft 
On a fondly-imagin'd friendly coaft ! 
E'er in the haven, fliipwreck to endure, 
And link, when happinefs was deem'd fecure ! 
O ! what a memorable proof is here, 
In beft eftate how frail and vain men are ! 
Ye gay and carelefs, look, behold this tomb ! 
Regard this day ; to-morrow ne'er may come ! 
Who can tell but the ioyful bride-maids fpread. 
And carefully prepared the marriage-bed? 
With richeft covers had it deck'd and grac'd. 
And fofteft downy pillows on it plac'd ? 
When — O ! do not on youth or Itrength rely, 
Since mortal beings have no certainty ; 
But truft in God unchangeable on high. 
Death, unrelenting death, prepares to find. 
In the cold earth, beds of another kind. 
Unto his grave he muft be carried out, 
Not with a fplendid or a joyful rout ; 
But, ftretched in the gloomy hearlb he lies, 
While mourning friends attend the obfequics. 
He muft on this take up his refting-place. 
Nor ever change it ** 'till the heavens ceafc." 
In vain the yielding fair her drefs puts on, 
And lacks for nothing but her fpoufc, alone. 
Did flie not like Sifera's mother peep 
Out of the lattice, wond'ring what could keep 
Her much-delired, long-expedlcd love, 
Or '* make his chariot- wheels fo llowly move ?'' 
Little fufpcdling her intended mate, 
Had done with all his tranfitory ftate ! 

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That everlafling cares his mind employ. 

None oihucirida, once his chiefeft joy ! 

Go, difappointed virgin ! weep, and know, 

All is ** uncertainty of blifs below V 

Go teach thy foul afpiring to purfue 

Felicity, immutable and true ! 

Fidelioy once gay and gallant, refts, 

And dearh, his miftrefs, clafps him to her breafts ; 

She holds him in lier icy arms, while he 

Forgets, for e'er forgets the world — and thee. 

Thus far, 'gainfl death, one's tempted to exclaim. 
And him, capricioufly, cruel name. 
By thus beginning with the regifter. 
We think all nature's laws inverted are. 
He palling o'er decrepit age's bed. 
The bud of infancy has oft ftruck dead; 
Youtii he has blailedere, to manhood come. 
And torn up manhood in its fulleft bloom. 
Dreadful thefe providences muft appear j 
Yet not unfearchable the counfels are. 
Such ftrokes the relatives not only grieve. 
From them the neighbourhood furprize receive. 
A powerful alarm they loudly found. 
To rouze frail mortals from their deep profound ^ 
And are intended as a remedy, 
Againft our carnal, rafh fecurity. 
Such paffing-bells in ftrongeft terms proclaim. 
The admonition which from Jefus came ; 
** Take ye heed, therefore, always watch and pray, 
*' For ye neither the hour know, nor the day," 
We, like intoxicated creatures, Aide 
On a tremendous precipice's fide. 
Thefe difpenfations, with amazing love, 
The meffengers of Heav'n themfelves approve ; 
From our fupinefs urging us to wake, 
And timely circumfpe^Sion wifely take. 

( 24 ) 

In vvorJs, I furely need not them exprefcJ, 

Or their interpreter myfelf profefs. 

Let each one's confcicncc be awake, and then 

They will appear thus awfully to mean ; 

•* For your laft end, ye fons of men, prepare; 

•' Since in the midll: of life in death ye are. 

•• Noftate, no circumftance can afcertain, 

" Your fafety, nor a fingle moment gain. 

•* So ftrong and mighty is the tyrant's hand, 

•* That nothing human can its force withlland ; 

•' His aim's fo certain, when his ihafts are fent, 

" That of the number not one is mifpent. 

•* His arrows oft as quick as light'ning fly, 

** And wound and kill in twinkling of an eye. 

" By conftant preparation you can be, 

" In all expedients, from danger free. 

** The fatal fnafts fo much in common fall, 

•* That none can guefs who'll next obey the call. 

•' Then be ye ftill in readincfs to go, 

*' The final fummons comes when leaft ycknow.'* 

Important counfel ! forth mcthinks, it breaks, 

From fcpulchre fo fepulchre, and makes, 

in lines addreffcs, and in precepts fpeaks. 

The oft-repeated warning, I confefs. 

Is but too needful for my happincfs ; 

'\nd may it, by co-operating grace, 

i!^flcd:iially work a faving peace ! 

This truth, which we with tranfport fhould receive ; 

And deeply on our memories engrave ; 

Is only ikctched lightly on the mind, 

And leaves nought but a llendcr mark behind. 

\Vc view our ul ighbours fick ; we fee them dead ; 

We then turn pale, and feel a trembling dread ; 

No fooner are they to our profped: loli, 

But, cither in the whirl of buiincfs tofs^d. 

Or in lethargic pleafurcs lulled v/c 

Forget the errand of the deity. 

( 25 ) 

Our minds unliable an impreffion feel, "| 

Like the thin air piercVi by the barbed ileel, S^ 

Or billows furrow'dby the cutting keel, J 

To cure this wonderful ftupidity, 
A neighboring monument addreffes me. 
It a poor mortal's Itory comprehends, 
Caird to the dread tribunal from his friends j 
Without time, of one, farewell to take, 
Or for the other a (hort pray'r to make j 
Kiird, as the afual expredions flow. 
By a fudden, and accidental blow. 
Was it a chance wound ? Doubtlefs the ftroke, cana§ 
From an hand which invifibly took aim. 
The heavenly angels the Great Lord obey. 
Who ruleth all things in the earth and fea ; 
Except God pleafeth nothing can advance, 
'Tis he diredleth that which men call chance. 
Nothing, ^tis plain, can ever come to light. 
But what he plans and regulates aright. 
If accidents fall out, they ever muft 
Proceed from Gody and what he wills is juft. 
The Lord, with whom the iffues of Hfe are^ 
The warrant and commiflion did prepare. 
The difafter, thought cafual, is only 
The tool to execute the great decree. 
When wicked Ahab fell, it was believ'd 
He accidently his death received. 
^^ A certain man at venture drew a bow," 
To him at venture, for he thought it fo. 
But Gc?i omnipotent, who dwells on high, 
His arm had ftrengthened, and could defcry ; 
The iliaft w^as aim'd by an unerring eye. 
So that which men call chance is juft the fame. 
As Providence, chang'd only in its name; 
Which can deliberate defigns reveal. 
And its mterpofition ftill conceal. 



( ^6 ) 

How cheering this rerieaion is, to cure 

The thrcbbing.anguifli which mourners endure ! 

How admirabl)^ fitted to conipofe * 

Their fpirits, yielding to a v> eight of woes ! 

How excellently fuited to eraie, "^ 

The tears of good furvivors, making place, V 

E'en ill the midil: of countlefs griefs, ^for peace. J 

The wall *twixt this world and the next how thin I 

We're out of this almoli as foon as in ! 

Our nollrils' breath does only Icparatc, 

Our prefent being from another llate ; 

We may the journey make fo haftily, 

We live this moment, but the next may die. 

From a card -table C/3/r;;;y///.rarofe, 

And Death, in darknefs, did his eyes enclofe. 

One night Corinna, gay and fprightly all, 

Was richlly drelTcd at a fplendid hall : 

The next a corpfe, pale, iliff, and wan Hie lay, 

And ready to be mingled with the clay. 

Young Atticus liv^d only to complete 

His ample, collly, and commodious feat ; 

]3ut Death, the dreadful tyrant, Death debarred 

Him from all pkafiue in the houfe he rear'd. 

Hung were the lalhes to admit the light, 

But their lord's eyes were clos'd in cndlefs night. 

Chambers w crc iiirnilli'd to invite repofe. 

Or pleafure which focictv bcftows ; 

But in the lonely, filent maniions of the tomb 

Their owner rcils, in his low earthly room ; 

Gardens were plann'd according to his mind, 

A thoufand noble ornaments delign d ; 

But, to the place of Ikulls, deprivM of breath, 

Their mailer\s gone down to the vale of Death. 

Many I doubt not, while I recolledt, 

This tragical viciihtude exped. 

The eyes of that great Cod who fits upon 

The circle of l)ie earth, and views with owz 

( ^7 ) 

Al!-feeing look the poor iojourners there. 
See many tents which now afflidled are : 
Afflicted, as when in one night the pride 
And ftrength of" the /Egyptians w^ere deftroyed i 
When the refiillels arrows flew abroad. 
Shot by the heavenly meflcnger of God, 
Some from their eafy chairs link on the floor, 
Korean their ihriekincr friends rehef orocure : 
Some in an arbour, as rechnM they he, 
Tafting the fvveets which from the bloffoms fly %. 
Some as in pleafure-boats they fail along, 
O'er dancing ftreams, or laughing meads among> 
Nor is the grim intruder molhiied, 
Tho' wine and mulicflow^on either fide, 
Som.e intercepted on their journey home ; 
And as they enter on great matters fome* 
Some are affailM, as in their hands they hold 
The gains for which their juftice has been fold i 
And even fomie are taken by furpnfe, 
Jufl as they lull or malice exercife. 
No care can ftop no prudence can forfee. 
The varyM ills which wait us conflantly. 
Numbetlefs dangers compafs men' around ; 
A ftarting horfe may fling one on the ground ;, 
And, while his body on the ftones is thrown. 
His foul is launched into the world unknown. 
A ftack of chimnies, tumbling from on high, 
May cfufh the man who thinks no danger nigh ^ 
Or e'en the dropping of a fmgle tile, 
May prove as fatal as the total pik. 
The thread of life's fo very thin and wxak> 
It ftorms not only tear, but breezes break. 
Occurrences mofl common whence we fear 
No harm, may weapons of deflrucSion bear. 
A grape ftone, or an infedt, for our doom 
Fatal as arm'd Go.liah may become.. 

( .8 ) 

Nay, if x\lmighty GoJ command faould givc,^ 

vVe from our comforts would our death receive. 

The air wc brcathe's our bane, the food we eat, 

Conthbutes much our hfe t' attenuate. 

Tl;e enemy does on us oft encroach. 

By many roads that further an approach : 

^ca, lies intrenched in our very veins. 

An J in the feat of life his fort retains. 

The crjmfon blood, with which our health is fedy 

Is w^ith the feeds of death impregnated. 

Ir/:;amM with heat, or by great toil annoy M, 

The parts defign'd to cheriih are deftroy'd. 

Some caufe unieen its pafTagc may revert. 

Or violence unknown its courfe divert ; 

By either of which cafes if it moves, 

Apois'nous draught, or deadly ftab it proves. 

Since the polfcffion of our earthly houfe. 

Is fo uncertain and precarious ; 

Let us be always ready, and prepare, 

To flit, fince but at will we tenants are. 

Except we thus prove good habitually, 

VVe arc like wretches that on top-malls lie, 

And fouhdly fleep, tho' tempelts raging blo#, 

Whilft the great deep impetuous heaves belowi 

What fatisfadions can our hearts elate? 

Can peace or comfort be in fuch a flate? 

Whereas, a conftant pfeparation will, 

Into our bofoms chcerfuh^iefs inflill ; 

Which, for our peace, will efficacious prove^ 

And which no low vexation can remove ; 

And a firm conflancy of mind create, 

Not to be qucird by any dangerous threat. 

When the town with flrong w^ajls is fortify 'd. 

And with great OjUantities of food fupplyM ; 

Well guarded by ftout troops, rclolvM to fight, 

What then can the inhabmuUs affright, 

Who may rejoice eVn when the foe's in ficrht ? 

( -9 ) 

l^'hc tafte of life, of death, the Conftant Mind, 

By fuch, or by much firmer bands are join'd. 

I faid fhould God Ahnighty orders give, 

We from our comforts, would our death receive : 

And fee the truth infcnbed by the hand, 

That feaFd fate's warrant and gave the command. 

Yon marble-graced monument contains. 
My once-lov'd friend's depofited remains; 
There does the body of Sobhronia lie, 
Lamented much, who did in child-bed die. 
Alas ! how oh the tender branches llioot, 
When the flem whithers to the very root ! 
The infant often is prefervM from death, 
While fhe that bare him yields her lateft breath,* 
She gives him life j but, pitiable thought 1 
The life Ihe gives, by her own death is bought; 
And tho' her infant's eyes are brought to light. 
Yet her's areclos'd in everlafling night. 
Or fhe expires, perhaps, in pangs fevere; 
And, for her offspring, does a tomb prepare. 
While the complaint, of a fad monarch doth 
Afford a mournful epitaph for both : 

* Alas ! the children to th© birth are come, 

* And there's not flrength to yield them from the womt , 
In my opinion, w^e ought not to grieve 

So much the lofs we in this cafe receive. 
Better, the ftranger in the womb fliould reft. 
Than living, by affliftionsbe opprefs'd. 
Better its eyes fhould in the womb be closed* 
Than to a world {o dang'rous be exposed. 
Without the guide of its infantile days ; 
Wanting a mother to dired: its w^ays. 

Diftindion's eafily in this tomb found. 
By the grand ornaments with which 'tis crown'dl* 
Affluent hands, it feems, the model drew, 
Direded by ^ uoble hcait, that knew 

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No niggard boundaries of love, and thought 

For the deceasM enough could ne'er be wrought. 

Methinks an emblemed picture it holds forth 

Of lov'd Sophronias elegance and worth. 

Does the fair colour with tlie beauty vie. 

Or faintly tell her whitc-rob'd purity ? 

Her good and amiable manners were 

Smooth asr thefe ftones, poliih'd with fo much care 

The whole adorned gracefully, not plain. 

Not proudly pompous, of fordidly mean: 

Like her unfeigned goodnefs it appears, 

Not oflentatious, but which endears. 

But ah ! too foon thofe lovely charms have faiPd \ 

What has the fparkling of the eyes awail'd ! 

The beauty of thy bridal youth, how vain! 

Or from thy noble birth what didil thou Q^ain ! 

Alas 1 too weak the pollcilbr to fave 

From favage Death, or from the yawning grave. 

Flow inejffe(!:lual, alas ! does now 

The love of numerous acquaintance grow ! 

Not thy tranfported hufl^and^s fondell love. 

Not thy fair fame, as fpotlefs as a dove, 

Thy life could lengthen, or Death's ilroke remove. 

Thelb circumllanccs on my mind imprefs, 

I'he beauty which thofe tender lines exprefs : 

•* How lovVl, how valu'd once avails thee not ; 

** To whom related, or by wliom begot. 

** A heap of duft alone remains of tliee ; 

*• 'Tis ail ibon art, and all the proud ihall be !'' 

Yet tho' unable to divert the blow, 

True faith tli€ fling of death can overthrow. 

Do not thofe lamps luch filent truths proclaim ? 

And the l)iight heart that blazes like a Hame ? 

The palm<; that flourilh, and the glittering browil,. 

In gilt, well-imitated marble Ihcwn ? 

Do they not to difcerning eyes declare. 

Her conllant faith, her icrvency of pray'r ? 

( 3^ ) 

The vid:ory which o'er the world fhe found. 

The heavVily wreath with which Ihe ihall be crownM j 

Wherewith the Lord her goodnefs will repay, 

In right 'ous judgement at the final day ? 

Happy the hufhand w^as in fuch a mate. 

The lliarer of his bed and his eftate ! 

Their inchnations nicely were in tune ; 

Their converfation was all unifon. 

How filken was the yoke to fuch a pair ? 

And in their bands what blefTmgs twifted were ? 

With them each joy in mutual increafe grew. 

And ev'ry care alleviation knew. 

Nothing, they thought, their blifs could fo improve. 

As hopeful children, pledges of their love. 

That they might have the happinefs to fee 

Themfelves increased in their pofterity ; 

Their mingled graces in their offspring find. 

And feel affection of the warmefl kind. 

'' Grant us this gift,'' their common pray'rs exprefs* 

** We afli but this to crown our happinefs.'* 

To future things alas ! how blind are men ! 

Unable to difccrn what's good, and when ! 

With an impatient, unbecoming cry. 

Said Rachel, ** give me children, or I die !'* 

From this, a difappointment fhe receiv'd, 

Great as the blefhng which flie thought flie crav'd^ 

Not to a wifli deny'd fhe dates her doom 

But its completion marks her for the tomb. 

If children like to fiow'ry chaplets are. 

Which for their parents balmy odours bear, 

Whofe beauties bloom with ornamental pride. 

And fiied refrefhing fweets on e-v'ry fide. 

Some fell misfortune, or relentlefs Death, 

May twine itfclf amidlf the lovely wreath. 

When e'er our fouls are pour'd out with defirc. 

Something of fmall importance to acquire ; 

( 3^- ) 

The words of our blefs'd Lord we truly majr, 

'* Ye know not what ye a(k/' to ourfelves fay^ 

Doth CyWrejed: our w; flies ? he denies 

In mercy that from which our woes arife; 

And, from a principle of kindefl: love, 

Refufes that which would our ruin prove. 

With a fick appetite we ott refrain 

Prom what is good and languifh for our banc; 

Where fancy dreams of fome unmingled fwect. 

The bitteinefs of woe we often meet : 

May, therefore, no deiires imm.oderate. 

Bend us to this or that terreflrial itate. 

But our condition wholly to refer 

To God omnipotent, who cannot err ! 

IN" ay we learn wifJom, and be ready ftill 

To facrifice our wiihes to God*s will ; 

And with fubmifiive thankfulnefs fubmit 

To be difpos'd of as he fhall think fit! 

For if, indeed, his precepts to obey, 

Be what will, certain happinefs convey ; 

So, refignation to his will, fecures 

That blifs, which to eternity endures. 

Here, on the ground a fmall plam ftonc is plac'd. 
Which with no beautifying fculpture's grac'd ; 
But from a frugal fund, one would fuppofe, 
Purchased it was, and under it arofe. 
No coftly ornament is on it found. 
Nor is it with one decoration crown'd ; 
A very fliort infcription*s on it made. 
So much effacVl, that it can fcarcc be read. 
Did the dcpofuary, void of faith. 
Omit its duty to the cor})fe beneath? 
Or were the letters thus effaced by 
Th' approach of the iurviving fmiily. 
Which, at the tomb, met mourning, to revive 
The mem Vy of a good, lov'd relative J 

( 33 ) 

For on more clofe inrpe(5lion, I perceive 

The body of a father's in the grave. 

A worthy and religious father, who 

His children left, ere they to manhood grew ) 

Ere they had worldly fettlements procured ; 

Or with found principles their fouls fecur'd. 

Of all confiderations hitherto. 
This, fure, is the moft pitiable woe. 
The fadnefs of fuch dying chambers leaves 
Scenes the moft melting, that the mind receives* 
There a fond fpoufe and tender parent end, 
A gen'rous maiter, and a faithful friend. 
He yields there to the laft extremities. 
And on the point of diflblution lies. 
All art can do, already has been try'd. 
But the difeafe has medicine defv^d: 
It haftes, impetuous, in the purfuit, ,; 

Its horrible commands to execute ; 
The filver cord of life to tear amain, 
And rend the tie of mutual love in twain. 
One or two fervants at a diftance ftay, 
Cafting a train of wifliful looks this way i 
And as v/ith grief their fwellingbofoms rife. 
Condole their mafter in a flow of fighs. 
The gracious way wherein he us'd togive 
His orders, which with joy they did receive ; 
Docs to their minds his former worth recall, 
While down their honeft cheeks the tears let fall. 
His friends, vv^hofe pleafing converfe, once could cheer> 
But miferable helpers now appear. 
A fympathifing pity's all they now 
Can to relieve or fuccoyr him beftow ; 
Unlefs it be raised and augmented more 
By lilent pray'rs, in Vv^hich they God implore. 
Or pious words of confolation yield. 
From proper texts, with which the icripture's fiird. 

( 34 ) 

His poor and helplefs children flock around, 

Frantic with grief, and in tears ahiioil: drown'd, 

Their httle fouls, they fob out, and complain, 

And paflionately cry, but cry in vain; 

Will he then leave us, our weak Hate to mourn ? 

And mull we on a wicked world be thrown ? 

Thefe parted torrents altogether join. 

And 'gainfl the w retched fpoufe their force combine ; 

With complicated woes ihe is opprefs'd, 

While tides of forrovv overwhelm herbreafl. 

Sunk in extreme diftrefs, in her by turns 

The wife, the mother, and the lover mourns. 

By her his death is much feverer found 

Who had in Jong-endearing bands been bound. 

Alas ! where can flie find fuch excellence ? 

Where place ilich unreferved confidence ? 

Can file a counfellor gain fo difcreet ? 

Where an example fo improving meet ? 

Where find a guardian, w^ho fuch pains would take, 

Merely for her, and for her children's fake ? 

Behold ! how o'er the languid bed flie hangs ; 

Rack'd with a fad variety of pangs, 

Moft tenderly folicitous to eafe 

The pains, which on her dearefi: help-mate feizc ! 

Andif 'tucrc poffible, from death to fiiield, 

A life for which her own flie'd gladly yield. 

A life for which flie folely wifii'd to live, 

Whixrh only to her oflFspring blifs could give. 

^ee her hands fiiakc with apprchenfive pain, 

And from the livid cheek the cold dews clean; 

On her kind arms fometimes compofc to rcfi: "] 

The finking head, which racking ills opprefs'd, V 

Or lay it on her pity-feeling breafi-. J 

Behold her heart with fpeechlefs ardor rent, 

While on the meagre form her eyes are bent ; 

While her foft paifions with vail fondnefs beat. 

And her foul's picrc'd with griefs extremely great. 

( 35 ) 

The fick man patient and adoring ftill, 

Yields, and reiigns him to the heav'nly will; 

And by fubmifiive pi^tj obtains, 

An healing balm for his afflidive pains. 

He's fenfibly affeded with the ftate 

Of his attendants fo difconfolate ; 

And pierced with anxious trouble for his wife» 

Who foon muft lead a lonely widow'd life ; 

And for the children who, when fatherlefs. 

Will be exposed to multiply \i diftrefs. 

Yet tho' '* caft down, not in defpair/* for fail 

His truft remains, God's word (hall ever laft. 

His comforters he comforts, when at eafe. 

And death w4th maj efty of w^oe obeys. 

The foul, jull going to forfake the corfe. 

Makes her laft effort, and colled:s her force, 

Himfelf he raifes on the pillow, and 

To his fad fervants flretches a kind hand ; 

He to his friends his mournful farewell fpeaks. 

And in his feeble arms his dear wife t^kes ; 

Kiffes the pledges of their love with grief, 

Then thus pours out the fmall remains of life: 

** I die my children dear, you I muft leave, 

** But you the everlafting God will fave. 

** Altho' in me an earthly p-arent fall, 

*' In heav'n you have one who is all in alL 

*' An unbelieving and a wicked heart, "| 

** Can only make you his joys depart, )^ 

'^ Or you from his endearing love divert.*^ ^ 

His heart w^as full, he could no farther go; 

His utterance fail'd him, quite opprefs'd with w^oe. 

After a breathing fhort, but with great pain. 

Prompted by zealous love, he thus began: 

*' On you, dear of my foul, on you, 

** Falls the fole care of our poor orphans now. 

** *Tis true, I leave you under grief weighed down^ 

** But Gc^^ftill makes the widow.'a caufe bia owo-i.. 

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«« Gody who in fairhfulnefs and truth doth Ipeak, 

«' Hath laid, I ne'er will leave you nor forfake. 

*' From this my drooping fpirits ftrength receive; 

*' Let alfo this my bolom's wife relieve. 

<* O father of compaflion, now I yield 

'* Into thy hands my foul, with comfort fiUM ; 

** Encourag'd by thy promisM tendernefs, 

** Under thy care I leave my fatherlefs " 

He fainting fell, when he thefe words had faid. 

And lay fome minutes fenfelefs on the bed. 

A taper thus, ere 'tis extinguiih'd quite. 

Oft blazes quick, and gives a quivering light : 

So life, ere 'twas forever finiih'd, gave 

A parting ftruggle, willing to receive 

Once more the joy, his eyes were wont to leave. 

He fain would fpeak, defirous to reveal 

The tender thoughts, v^hich in his mindprevail. 

He more than once efiayed, but alas 1 

Th ' organ of fpeech, like a crackM veflel was : 

When he attempted any words to frame. 

They all were ftopp'd by the obftruding phlegm ; 

His afped: though in ev'ry air and look, 

Affedtion, inexprcHiblc, befpokc. 

The father all, and hufl^and in his eye, 

With ftedfaft view once more he does efpy, 

And gaze with ardor on his children dear, 

Whom he oft fiiw with a paternal care : 

On iliat lov'd wife then turns his dying fight. 

Whom he ne*erviewM but with fupreme delight : 

Fix'd in this pofturc, amidit fmiles which pleas'd. 

And gleams of heav'n, his lafl, fond look, he gaz'd. 

On this, their filent grief no (loppngc knows. 

But ^ulhcs in a rapid tide of woes. v 

They wept, nor any comfort would receive* 

'Till time a vent to their afflictions gave ; 

And 'till religion*s confolations ilay\l 

The wounds vvhich their cxccfs of forrow made. 

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Then the fad family fearch for, and dwell 

On the unfinifh'd fentences, which fell 

From the good lips of him, they lov'd fo well. 

In Jeremiah's prophecy they find 

This healing balfam for a wounded mind ; 

They guides to boundlefs wifdom take from thence. 

And promifes of vail: beneficence: 

** Thy children fatherlefs leave to my care ; 

*' Them Til preferve; nor let your widows fear/' 

Thofe grac'cus promifes do now impart 

Joy to their lives, and comfort to each heart* 

They treafure it up in the memory, 

As a moil rich and ufeful legacy. 

Upon it they rely, and on it build 

Their hopes of having ev'ry wifh fulfiird ; 

That all their honefc works, crown'd with fuccefs. 

Shall flill enfure unfading happinefs. 

The facred pledges of God's favour leave 

The greatell wealth felicity can give. 

They lack no good ! nor evil apprehend. 

Since God's their guide; their guardian, and theirfriend. 

Soon as my own rnxmicnto is away. 

And the memorial of fome one's decay; 

Sad monitors, fucceflive, come to light. 

In gloomy order, crowding on my fight. 

That which my obfervation fixes now. 

Bears than the former a more fable brow. 

As I conclude it underneath contains, 

Of fome mxore aged perfon, the remains. 

One would fuppofe that he his ftation grac'd, 

Asj his among the grandeft tombs is plac'd. 

Let me approach, and on the ftone perceive 

*' Who, or what objed:, flumbers in the grave/* 

Th' infcriptions on this monument relate. 

He once was owner of a large eftate. 

Which by attention, care, and induflry. 

He faw augmented in a great degree j 

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And that he in hfe's hufy period, dy'd, 

Somewhat advanced beyond his noon-day pride. 

Then, probably » reply 'd my muling mind. 

One of thofe ceafelefs drudges, that we find 

At day-break rife, at midnight go to rell, 

And eat their bread, with caiefulnefs opprefs'd : 

Not to fecure the kindnefs of the Lordy 

Nor for their wants provifion to afibrd ; 

But only heaps of riches to enjoy, 

Ten thoufand times more than they can defrroy. 

Did he not fchemes for getting money frame ; 

And ftrive to raife his family's proud name? 

Houfes to houfes join, and field to field, 

Until his wilhcs, to his wxalth fliould wield ; 

That then he'd fit in quiet, and partake 

Of things which kept his fenl'cs iiill awake ; 

Take fom.e Ihort refpite from terreftrial toil, 

And think, perhaps, on endlefs things awhile ? 

But here behold the grofs abfurciity 

Of worldly w^ifdom and fagacity ! 

How fhallow, childiih, filly, the pretence, 

To that which we call mafierly prudence ! 

When it on //Wbefiows more anx'ous cares> 

That when it for tr/tv /;//v prepares ! 

How much infatuated, then, are they 

Who fubtly fchcme out mcafurcs lor a day ; 

Who to chimeras carefully attend, "^ 

On fleeting fliadows walle their time, nor fpcnd V 

A thought on certainties that ne'er will end ! l 

When cv'ry wheel moves Imoolhly on, and all 

The fit dcfigns for execution call ; 

When long^cxpeded happinefs appears 

At hand, and all our fondeft wilhcs cheers ; 

Behold ! the Loi\l Almighty laughs on high. 

At the weak BaheUbuildcr^ vanity. 

The labor'd bubbles, touch'd by death, decay. 

And into empty air diflblvc away. 

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The cobweb, fpun moft fine and gay, indeed^ 

Is bi-oke and fwept away with rapid fpeed; 

All the defigns abortive are fupprefs'd. 

And in the grave with their projector reft. 

So true the verdid.s of the Lord become. 

Which feal thefe lucky wretches' lafting doom : 

'* Behold how they on flitting fhadows lean, 

** And trouble and perplex themlelves in vain/"* 

Ye that attended fuch a one at death. 

And heard the fentiments of his iaft breath ; 

Speak, I befeech you, fay, did he not cry 

In the words of crofs'd fenfuality ; 

^^ O death ! how dreadful thy a:>proach appears, 

** To one irnmersM in fecular afl^iirs ! 

** Who with purfuit of prefent pleafures fraught^ 

** Of hereafter unceafin 2: never thourdit ! 

^' Mow am I comforted, what have 1 gain'd, 

*' Or what great depth of knowledge is contained 

*^ In being dexterous in concerns below, 

*' When I eternal happinefs forego? 

*' Miftake moft wretched! oh deftrucftive choice] 

" I too much pains employed on worldly joys ; 

*' To fleeting toys I was too much confined, 

** But oh ! I then caft Heav'n from my mind ! 

*' I forgot endlefs ages ! that my days — " 

Here he was going fomevain hope to feize; 

To breathe fome wifli ; of fome void comfort dream. 

Or ineffedual refolution frame ; 

But fudden tremblings fliook his nerves ; ftraighKvay 

His frame diflblved into lifelefs clay. 

May an unhappy brother's dying word 

To this world's children due advice aflx)rd ! 

May they from their deep lethargy awake. 

And benefit from his misfortune take! 

Why fhould they with impatient warmth complain^ 

When they fome white and yellow earth can't gain, y 

As if the w^prld did not enough contain ? J 

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Why with thick clay fhoiild they themfelves prefg 

When ** they're to run for an immortal crown ?" 
Why fliould this world, feempleafant to their eyes. 
When they iliould *prefs to their high calling's prize ?^ 
Why fhoiild they, then, that veffel overload 
In which their everJafting all is ftow'd ? 
Or fiiperfluities, why fhould they crave 
When they miift fwim,- their lives alone to fave ? 
Ye'i ih prepofl'rous is the life of thofe, 
Who their chief blifs on affluence repofe; 
\^'iiO, full of indufiry, time's trifles hoard, 
Yet fcarce wifli for the riches of the Lord. 
O ' may we walk thro' thofc toy's ghtt'ring train^ 
With wife indiff'ience, if not with difdain ! 
May we fuperior to^ fuch baubles rife. 
And caft them henceforth from our w^ond'ring eyes ! 
Having conveniences enough for life, 
For worldly trcafurc let us wage no ftrife. 
Let us accommodate ourfclves below, 
And let from heav'n our greateft bleffings flow; 
Whereas, if we indulge an anx'ous care, 
Or lavilh hopes on tranfitory ware, 
So firm an union tlicy'U in us create 
That keeneft pangs the parting ftroke await. 
By fuch a warm attachment to the joy. 
Which will be ravifli'dfrom us certainly: 
Woe 'gainft the agonizing hour we'll gain, 
And plant, aforehand, our death's couch with pain-. 
Some got tofeventy years, as I perceive. 
Before they took their lodgings in the grave; 
Some few refigned not their breath before 
They of revolving harvcfis faw fourfcorc. 
Thefe I would hope, by rev'rend duty fway'd, 
** In youth due homage to their (j^^have paid ;" 
Ere their ftrcngth did to toil and Ibrrow turn, 
lire nature languifliing began to mourn ; 

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When keepers of the houfe tremble thro' fear, . 
And lookers at the window darkened are : 
When e'en the little grafhopper's fmall weight. 
To bending fhoulders feenis a burden great; 
And in lethargic, lifllefs fouls, defire 
Raifes a faint, and quickly fleeting fire ; 
Before thofe tirTome hours approach us nigh ; 
Before thofe heavy moments clofer fly ; 
In which there's too much reafon to complain, 
*' No pleafure nor improvement they contain." 
If then, their lamps were deflitute of oil. 
And they exposM to Satan's fnares meanwhile ; 
In fuch decrepit circum fiances, fyre. 
At market they're unfit fome to procure. 
For befides great varieties of woe. 
Which from enfeebled conflitutions flow; 
All their corruptions muit have gained great force. 
By irreligion's unchecked, lengthened courfe. 
Ill habits muft the deepeft roots ftill find. 
And twiftthem with each fibre of the mind; 
They muft be all as thoroughly ingrain'd. 
In their aff*ed:ions, as the foot which ftain'd 
Th' Ethiop's vifage of a dufky hue ; 
Or fpots which in the leopard's flcin we view. 
If one who under fuch misfortunes lies. 
Should above each oppofing hardfliip rife ; 
And fpite of all to glory onwards flee. 
It muft indeed a great falvation be. 
If fuch a one, thro* all temptations pafs'd. 
Free from deftrudlion fhould efcape at laft, 
It muft be as if he thro' fire was caft. 
This is the feafon that does comfort afk. 
And is improper to begin the talk. 
The hufbandman, fhould now his hook prepare, 
Or of the fruit of his hard labour Ihare ; 



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Not now begin to farrow up the earth, 

Or fcatter feed to bring forth a new birth. 

*Tis true, God brings all that he wills to pafs ; 

^' Let there be light, he laid, and light there was';'' 

Light inftantaneous, as quick as thought. 

Obedient to his orders, forth was brought. 

At his command a leprofy mofi: foul. 

Of longeftllay, is infcantly made whole. 

He is, the grcatnefs of his ftrength can raifc 

Not only linncrs that are dead four days ; 

But at his word; reftor'd to life, appears, 

The wretch deceased for even fourfcore years. 

Yet do not points of fuch vaft moment try, 

Nor trull fo dreadful an uncertainty. 

God may his help w^ithdraw, his powV fufpend : 

May in his wrath fv/ear that thofc who offend. 

And to abufe his tender mercy dare. 

Shall *' never his eternal comforts iliare.'' 

Ye that are flrong in health, in bloom of days.. 

The precious opportunity now fcize. 

Improve your golden hours, be wife in time, 

And to the nobleft purpofe ftrive to climb ; 

Tread in thofe paths which may fecui'e your right 

To the inheritance of fliints in light : 

By which you endlcfs youth may call your own, 

And gain of glory an immortal crown. 

O ! iiand not idle all the prime of day, 

Nor trifle immcnfe, offered blifs away; 

But hafle, oh ! hafte, nor ftill inadive flcep ; 

Be always ready God*s commands to keep. 

Ev'n while in gay infcnfibility, 

LoitVing in fcnfelefs cafe, repos'd you lie ; 

Juft in that moment Deatli his bow may bend ; 

And, quick as thought, his killing arrow fend. 

Not long ago a thoughtlefs jay I i'py'd. 

Its pretty feathers drcfs with bufy pride ; 

•( 43 ) 

Or, hopping carelcfsly from Tpray to fpray, 

Infenfible that danger near it lay. 

Juft then a Tportfrnan, paiTmg by, beholds 

The fcird as it its gaudy plumes unfolds ; 

The hollow tube he raifes inftantly. 

And takes his aim with an unerring eye. 

Swifter than whirhvinds flies the leaden death. 

And flraight deprives the uliy bird of breath. 

Such may the fate of thofe be who delay 

The fair occafion to get grace to-day ; 

Who wantonly poOpone their happy ftate, 

And for improvement 'till to-morrow wait. 

Death in their foolifhnefs may them furprize. 

While they dream of hereafter being wife. 

Some came, no doubt, to this their lafl: retreat^ 

With length of days and piety replete ; 

*' As (hocks of corn in blooming vigour blow, 

*' And, fill'd with plenty, ripe in harveflrgrow.'^ 

Thefe were the children of true light, and who 

God's wifdom inf tlieir generation knew ; 

Who were wife in what fhould them moll employ 

Wife for that happinefs they now enjoy. 

They richer and more honourable were. 

Than all the votaries of Mammon are. 

Swift w ings were furniili'd for the wealth of one^. 

Which is now irrecoverably gone ; 

While the poor gatherers are fent away. 

Thro* fields of v/ant and penury to ftray ; 

Where not one drop of water they can gain. 

To cool their tongue, or eafe their fcorching pairi. 

Whereas, the others always are fupply'd 

With riches, which fliall with them flill abides 

Which leave them not, but conftantly afford 

Them comfort in the city of the Lord. 

No pow'r created could their wealth overthrow'; 

Wealth which God only could on man, bedon- ; 

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And fuch, O pleafing thought ! may I attain ! 

May each, longing finner luch obtain! 

Riches, which ever-faving faith infure, 

Treafures of knowledge, heavenly and pure ; * 

Riches, which blefs us by atoning blood. 

And with imputed right'oufnefs endu'd. 

Their bodies here a certain quiet fliare, 

And lie in '* habitations free from care.'* 

Here they have from them ev'ry burden caft. 

And have from ev'ry fnare efcap'd at lalt. 

With racking pain the head no longer aches ; 

Com.plaints m tears the eye no longer makes ; 

The flcfh, no more, with pangs acute is torn ; 

Nor longer with diftempcrs lingering worn. 

Here from their hardfliips they get a releafe. 

And here forever their afflidions ceafe. 

Here lowering danger never does them harm. 

Nor threatens them with any hardi alarm ; 

But fweet tranquility makes foft their beds. 

And fafely watches their repofmg heads. 

Reft then, ye precious relics, in the tomb. 

Reft quiet in this hofpitable gloom ; 

'Till the laft trumpet, gives the welcome found. 

And wakes you fudden from your fleep profound; 

*' Arifc, fhinc forth, in heav'niy light array'd, 

•* On you the glory of the Lord's difplay'd.'* 

To thefe, how calmly did life's evening run ! 

How kindly pleafant was their fetting fun \ 

Then when their flcfli and heart failM them thro' fear. 

How did the mem'ry of the Lord them cheer ! 

Who, to preferve them from the fting of guilt. 

His Ipotlefs blood in fpccchlefs mercy fpilt \ 

How did tlieir Saviour their fouls revive. 

For their juftification now alive ! 

How cheering the well-grounded hope of grace. 

And for their fins, with God Almighty peace. 

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Thro' Jefus Chrift our Lord ! this will affuage '' 

Their griefs, and fweeten death's tormenting rage. 

Has wealth pull'd all her golden mountains down ? 

Where's honour, with its trophies of renown ? 

Where are the pomps of a vain world fled ? 

At Death's approach can they their comforts fhed ? 

Can they compofe th' affrighted thoughts, or buoy 

The foul departing in its agony ? 

The followers of Chrijl feem pleas Vi, and death 

Is conquered, even with their latefl breath. 

•* They on God's everlafting arms repofe,"' 

Vv^hiie he their famting heads prcferves from v/oes. 

His fpirit to their iouls does peace inftill, 

And bends the conicience to his holy will. 

With the ftrength of chefe heav'niy fuccours fiird^ 

They conquerors, not captives, quit the field ; 

On God's moft faithful promdfc they rely. 

Fraught with full hopes of immortality. 

Now they are gone, and reft in quiet peace. 

The flruggles of reluftant nature ceafe. 

In gloomy death the bodies lie afleep; 

The foul is launched into the fightlefs deep. 

But fay, who can imagine the furprize. 

Which will then feize on their delighted eyes? 

When on them an angelic crowd attends, 

Inftead of companies of weeping friends ? 

O how fecurely in their courfe they ride ! 

Thro' unknown worlds, how fafely do they glide ! 

While thefe celeflial guides dired: their flight. 

The vale of tears is lofl in endlefs night. 

Farewell, farewell forever, realms of w^oe ! 

Farewell, malignant beings, rage below ! 

They're come to ftates with boundlefs comforts ftor^d ; 

•* Come to the city of the living Lord ;" 

While a voice fweeter than the fofteft lyre, 

Sweet as the feraphim's harmonic choir> 

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Hails their arrival, and rejoicing fings, 

And Ipca-ks their entrance to the King of Kings : 

** Ye everlafting gates, your heads now rear, 

** And give admillion to each godly heir." 

While good men's bodies fliimber in the grave. 

Here let us novv^ ** their fouls and fplrits icave \* 

From an entangling wildcrnefs preferv'd, 

For a moft plcafant paradife referv'd ; 

Settled in realms of unmolefted peace, 

Where their difauietudes and forrow ceafe. 

They lit with IJaaCy 'Jacob, AbraLwyi, 

Jn the Lord's kingdom, with the holy Lamb. 

Here, with innumerable faints they ihine. 

And round God's throne, exalt their voice divine 

Glad in fruition of their j^efent joy. 

On certain expectations they relv. 

That they'll be blefs'dyet inconceivably ; 

** When God the heav'ns and earth calls from above 

** That he in judgment may his people prove. 

** Their life, fools reckoned madnefs, fince they found 

** Their end approaching wirh no honours crovvn'd ; 

'* But they are rank'd among the fons ot God, 

" And endlefs blifs fliare in the faint's abode.'' 

However, then, a vain world may defpife, 

Howe'cr the truly good it villifies ; 

Be this my greatefl and fupreme defire. 

The utmoil happinefs I can acquire ! 

'* Let me, oh ! let me meet the juft man's fiite ; 

** Let me enjoy his death, and future ftate." 

What figure's that which ftrikes my gazing eye,. 
And from the walls Ihine fo conlpic'oully? 
It does not only eminently grace 
A grander, and more elevated place ; 
But fecms, majeitically proud to bear, 
A more than ordinary fplcndid air. 
The ilone, the inflrumcnts of llaughtcr wears^ 
Swords, muikcts, cannons, bay'ncts, darts and fpcars^ 

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Thefe, with each other, on its face entwine. 

And thence with formidable grandeur fhine* 

Let me fee what the monument contains, 

It holds a noble warrior's remains. 

Wherefore thought I, is fuch refpedt now paid 

To this heroic foldier's fleeting fhade ; 

'Caufe he the public good fo highly priz'd, 

That for it he was gladly facnfic'd ? 

What endlefs fame is, then, by him procured. 

Who for our fakes fuch agonies endur'd ' 

Who tho' commander of th' angelic bands, 

Altho' he all the heav'nly hofts commands ; 

Became a willing, bleeding facrifice. 

That we to endlefs happinefs might rife. 

His life from one, as being mortal, flew, 

And which was long to divine ]uftice due. 

Which to the debt of nature foon would yield. 

E'en had it fall'n not in the bloody field ; 

But Chrift gave up the ghoft, and flefh became, 

Tho'he Jebova/j was, the great I AM, 

The fountain of exiftence, who alone 

Calls blifs. and immortality his own. 

He who fuppofed it no fraud to call; 

Himfelf an equal to God all in all ; 

Whofe outgoings from everlafting ran, 

Ev'n he w^as made in likenefsof a man ; 

From the land of the living w^as cut off. 

And to vile wretches was a fneering feoff. 

Wonder, O heav'ns ! O earth aftoniflied be ! , 

That CAn'/i fhould feel fuch dreadful agony ! 

He dy'd the death, of whom w^e witnefs have. 

He's *' the true God, and endlefs life can give." 

The one to willing perils was exposed, 

When he his king's and country's foes opposed ; 

Which, tho' it beaming glories might difplay, "^ 

Yet would an ignominious mind betray, V 

In fuch good circumftances to gainfay. J 

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But Chrill: the blelTed, grafpM the bloody fword, 

Tho' he King of Kings of Lord the Lords. 

Chrill Jefus, the fole monarch, took the field, 

Tho' in the conflict he was fure to yield ; 

And put on harnefs, tho' he knew before. 

It mull: be flained with his finlefs gore. 

The prince of heav'n his royal felf refign'd. 

Not to mere hazard, but fure death to find; 

To death now certain in its quicken'd pace. 

With horrors burning from its grifly face. 

And for whom did he thefe dire torments bear ? 

Not for thofe who at all deferving were; 

But difobedient creatures to befriend, 

And pardon gain for criminals condemned ; 

A band of evil rebels, void of grace, 

An incxcufable and wicked race; 

Sinners obnoxious, whom he might leave 

I'he due reward of their crimes to receive. 

Without impeachment of his goodnefs ; nay 

His vengeful juflice better to difplay. 

The one, 'tis likely, dy'd without much pain. 

Was wounded fuddenly, and quickly flain : 

A bullet lodg'd within his heart, a fword, 

Sheath'd in his breaft, might inftant death afford ; 

Or a ftrong battle-ax his brain might cleave 

And in a moment give him to the grave. 

Whereas our Saviour, divine and dear. 

Did tedious protraded torments bear, 

Which were as lingering as they were fcverc. 

Ev'n in the prelude to his laft diftrcls. 

What loads of grief his facred frame opprefs'd ! 

The mighty prcffurc ; cxquilitely fore, 

Inllead of fwcat, drew blood from ev'ry pore ; 

The crimfon gore fo from his body rain'd. 

It tingM the pavement, and his raiment ftain'd. 

But at the lait fcenc of the tragedy, 

Oh ! wlKit a mouruful fight might one cfpy ! 

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When io the crofs the miniflcr of woes, 
Had naird his body with his piercing blows % 
Oh ! for how many difmal hours of pain "^ 

Did that illuftr'ous fufF^rer remain, y 

In fight of God, of angels, and of men ! J 

His temples with the thorny crown in fears. 
His hands and feet cleft by the iron bars. 
His flefli all coverM with fevereft fmart. 
Trembling and agonizing in each part ; 
And torments of unfpeakable diftrefs, 
On his bJefs'd foul, his very foul did prefs ! 
So long he hung, in fympathifing tone. 
Nature for him thro' all her realms riiade mo^n. 
The earth, fuch barbarous itidignitieS 
Beheld amaz'd, and trembled with furprize. 
The fun when thefe black acflions came in view% 
Shudder 'd with horror, and its beams withdrew. 
Nay, fo long did this fufferer fuftain 
The laii extremity of bitter pain; 
That quick as thought the alarm of it fled 
To the dark regions of the diflant dead. 
Still O my foul with this vaft truth be fillM, 
The lamb of God was feiz'd, was bound, was killM ; 
Slaughtered with greateft inhumanity. 
And fuffer'd agonizing death for thee ! 
His executioners fo ftudious were, 
Their cruel means of torture to prepare; 
That ere its fatal dregs he had drank up. 
Each drop of gall he tafted in the cup. 
Once more ; the one did like a hero die. 
And fell in battle, fighting gallantly. 
But went not Jefus as a fool to reft ? 
Not mark'd with fears of glory on his breaft ; 
But as fome wicked villain on the rack. 
With lafhes of the vile fcourge on his back, 


I 50 ) 

Yes, Cbrift the blcffed, bow*d, ere he was dead 

On the accurfed tree, his fainting head; 

And the beneficent Redeemer dy'd. 

Between two wicked fellows crucify *d ; 

Chrift was 'twixt heav'n and earth fufpendcd high, 

Outcaft from both, and each did deny. 

What fuitable returns of ardent love. 

Can we make to the holy one above ? 

What worthy thanks can he from us receive. 

Who dyM for us, that we thro* him might Uve ? 

He did in ignominious anguilh die, 

That we might flourilh in the heights of joy ; 

And plac'd on thrones of cndlefs glory, raile 

To our Redeemer fervent fongs of praife. 

Alas ! we impotent and fenfelefs clay, • 

Cannot to Chrift fuflicient duty pay. 

He only who does fuch rich gifts beftow^ 

With grateful warmth can make our bofoms glow. 

Then let, moft gracious hn7na?iiicly 

Thy tomb of gratitude in our fouls dwell. 

Infcribe the memVy of thy matchlefs grace. 

Not in thofcchiJtaclers we can erafe : 

But in that precious and heav'nly blood, 

Which from your veins in gufliing torrents flowM. 

With neither ax nor chifTel it prepare. 

But with that fpcar which your blefsM fide did tear. 

Let it in clKiradlers confpic'ous ftand. 

Indelible not made by mortal hand \ 

On marble tables do not it imprefs. 

But fix it on our inmoll: heart's recefs. 

Let me obfcrve one thing more ere I leave 

This cntomb*d hero, and his garnilh'd grave. 

Thefe methods oficntatioiis, how mean, 

Wliich ilrivc to bribe the votes of fame, and gain 

Some little flock of pollhumous renown, 

'J'o future times tluis proudly handed down I 

( 5'- ) 

How poorly, polifh'd alabafter fhews 

The great advantage that from virtue flows F 

Or how does mimicry of fculptur'd ftone 

Exprefs the memorable deeds we've done ! 

His countrymen think with affefting grief. 

On the great merit of this bleeding chief. 

His patriotic zeal, in honour *s caufe. 

Would be remember'd with the beft applaufc. 

Long as the nation is with -fafety crown'd, 

Without fuch artful means to fpread the found. 

Such are the methods by which I would ftrive 

To keep my certain memory alive. 

Let fuch memorials be, then, imprefs'd 

Deep on each of my fellow-creature's breaft. 

Let my furviving friends a witnefs bear, 

That for myfelf alone I did not care ; 

Nor wholly in my generation live, 

Without attempts fome benefits to give. 

O! let a long, uninterrupted line 

Of tender deeds, on my infcription fhine ; 

And let my wifhes for the happy ftate 

Of all my friends, be fliewn upon the plate. 

Let all the poor, as by my grave they prefs. 

Point at the fpot, and thankfully confefs, 

*' There lies the man, who to each varied griefj,, 

** With ceafelefs tendernefs ftill gave relief; 

'' Who kindly vifited my painful bed, 

'* And me in poverty with plenty fed. 

'* How oft did his inflruftions guide me right> 

*' And to my call-down fpirits yield delight I 

^* *Tis owing to the feafonable flore 

** With which God blefs'd him to relieve the poor< 

*' And the wife counfels which he us'd to give 

'* That I exift, and now in comfort live,'' 

Let a man who once trod ungodly ways^ 

Once ignorant, his eyes to heaveu raife; 

( 52 ) 

Let fuch a one within his bofom talk. 

As o'er my grave he takes his penfive walk : 

** Here he therehcs of that friend iincere, 

^' Who for my foul had fuch paternal care. 

*' 1*11 ne'er forget how heedlefs and how gay, 

*' I ported onward in perdition's way ; 

*' I tremble when I think what endlefs woe 

** Would very foon my wretched foul overflow ; 

** Had not his admonitions, always right, 

*' Mark'd out the way andflay'd my thoughtlefs flight. 

**^ I of the holy gofpel nothing knew, 

'' Nor had I its abundant w^-^alth in view; 

** But iince his prudent converfe guided me, 

*' The ail-fufficiency of Chrift I fee, 

*' And, animated by his conftant prayV 

<* rd all things lofe, that I might Jefus fiiare, 

** Methinks, his fpeeches, with religion fili'd 

** In my ears tingle, and found comfort yield 

** Metbinks his godly precepts yet impart 

** Joy to my foul, and tranfport to my heart. 

*' And will I truftyet more and more encreafe, 

*' In Ihedding on my operative grace ; 

*MJntil we meet in manfions not prepared 

** By men ; eternal, in the heavens rear'd." 

But the infallible and furel!: way, 

Foundations for our endlefs good to lay ; 

Which is as open to the rich as poor. 

To make our calling and elcftion furc ; 

Is to gain godly evidence that wc 

Have our names blcfs'd to all eternity. 

However they may be forgotten, then. 

Or difrcgarded by the fons of men ; 

They will not fail, for ever to allbrd, 

Remembrance in the prefcncc of the Lord. 

This is of all diltindtions far the beil: ; 

This will with never-dying fame be blefsVk 

( 53 ) 

Ambition, do thou then, this objedl claim 

And holy writ will fanflify thy aim ; 

Ev*n grace itfelf will fan the noble flame. 

Memorials on earth mufl Ihortly ceafe 

And in oblivion fink, in quiet peace. 

Thofe for w^hom we the greateft zeal exprefs'd^ 

Soon mufl: in filence in the coffin reft. 

Ev'n letters cut into the folid ftone 

With iron pens, muft foon become unknown. 

But thofe who in the book of life inrolFd, 

Have ranked their names in the Meiliah's fold j^ 

The bleffed Lamb has openly declared. 

That blifs unfading fhall by them be fhar'd. 

When a flight of revolving years (liall lay 

Majeftic columns level with the clay ; 

When brazen ftatues can no longer ftand. 

Under deftruclive timers corroding hand; 

Still incorruptible thefe "honours rife, 

And bicom triumphant in the fplendid ikies, 

Lo I yonder entrance leads, as I uippofe. 

To the vault wherv-: the filent deep repofe. 

Let me now turn a fide, and take one peep 

At thofe who in this habitation fleep. 

The dooronrufty hinges flow turns round. 

And grates the ear with harfli difcordant founds 

As it not many vifitants enjoys, 

It gives me entrance with rcludiant noife. 

What can this fudden trembling mean, while I 

Pafs thro' the place where lifelefs bodies lie ? 

In thefe ftill rooms my fpirits, nothing fear. 

For *' ev'n the wicked ceafe from troubling here.'' 

Good heav'ns 1 how difmal is this folemn fcene ! 

Here, ev'n at noon-day, night and darknefs reign. 

What doleful, gloomy folitude it wears ! 

Not one fmall trace of cheerful joy appears; 

Sorrows and terror feem here to have made. 

An habitation for their hateful head. 

( 54 ) 

Hark ! how at evVy f!ep the ^\vfiil found 
Docs murni'ring from the hollow dome rebound. 
Echoes, that long have flept, are now awake, 
And round the walls in fighing whifpers fpeak. 
A beam or two finds thro' the grates its way, 
And from the coffin's nails carts a weak ray. 
So many half-hid fpedacles of woes, 
Half which the baleful twilight dimly fliews ; 
Mv former apprehenfions much increafe, 
And add frefli horrors to this gloomy place, 
I readth' infcriptions, and by them I find 
The relics of the great are here reclin'd. 
No poor or vulgar dead could, fure, receive 
So pompous a retirement for their grave. 
The moft illultr'ous and right nobly great 
To this have laid claim as their laft retreat : 
And in this place, indeed, they all appear 
A fliadowy pre-eminence to fliare. 
In filent pomp, and mournful rank they lie. 
In fepulchres which fliine confpicuoufly. 
While with fmall ceremony, meaner dead, 
** In the pit's ftones, prepare their filent bed.'* 
My apprehenfions wake from their furprife : 
Here are no fprites but which from fear arife. 
But it amazes me when I behold. 
The wonders that thefe nether fcenes unfold. 
Thofe who on vaft revenues lately liv'd. 
And from whole lordlhips coniequeace derivM ; 
In half a dozen feet ot earth rcpofe. 
While a few Iheets of lead the whole inclofc. 
Splendid apartments, and rich furniture 
No longer can their haughty nfinds allure, 
Thefhroud's the only ornament tluy have, 
Inllcad of rooms they get the darkfome grave. 
No longer gaudy retinues of llatc 
Around this fdlitary dome await ; 

( S5 ) 

No more the lordly equipages ply 

For their dead mafter, who can't them enjoy ^ 

Nothing hut fable banners, which appear 

The figns of triumph o'er their flaves to wear ? 

Or ftatues hid by duft, which, while the gay 

Regardlefs world in pleafure rolls away, 

The fculptor's hand, the workman's fkillhas fliewn^ 

And taught foft tears to flow from folid ftone. 

Where is the ftar which on the breafl: was plac'd ? 

Or coronet which once the temples graced? 

The tattered efcutcheon now we find. 

And the atchievement, beaten with the wind, 

Are the fole marks of dignity refign'd. 

Thofe who drew from grand anceftors their name 

And pedigree, here drop their lofty claim. 

With creeping things they kindred now retain. 

And quarter arms with reptiles the moft mean. 

*' They to corruption fay, my father be; 

'* To worms, my mother and my fifler fee !'* 

O mortifying truth ! enough to wean 

Defire moft fanguine from a world fo vain i 

One would imagine it enough to make 

The foul from its deep lethargy to wake ; 

Above its fickly fatisfacflions rife. 

Its flitting treafures, and its fading joys. 

Or fhould they fliill with arrogance altumc 

The ftyle of grandeur in the lonely tomb ; 

Alas ! how weak, would the pretence appear 1 

The oftentatious vanity how clear ! 

What's the world to thefe heaps of breathlefs clay ? 

What happinefs did their purfuits convey ? 

What are their pleafures ? Bubbles ftor'd withnought. 

Their honours what ? A dream that is forgot. 

What the fum total of their blifs below ? 

Or what gains did from their enjoyment flow ? 

Perhaps> to inexperienced men, it fhew'd 

A form of fomething wonderful and good. 

( 56 ) 

But lo ! Now deatli lias weigh'd it in the fcalc. 
And lin'd it out, what does the whole avail? 
Indulge, my foul; a thoughtful paufe, and fee 
With Inindiul look, e?.ch trifling gaiety. 
From which fuch mighty joys were wont to rife, 
As your affections feiz'd and charmM your eyes, 
lixamine nicely each alluring bait ; 
Here, of their value^ form an eftimate. 
Suppofe thyfelf firfl eminently plac'd. 
And with the favourites of fortune grac'd: 
Who in the cap of pleafure roll axvay, 
Shining in robes of honour, always gay. 
And fvvim in tides of boundlefs riches; yet 
The paffing-bell will foon thy end repeat. 
When once that iron-call has fummon'd thee 
To future teft, where would thefe pleafures be ? 
At that fix'd point, how all the vain parade 
By the luxurious and great difplay'd; 
Their pompous pageantry, and lofty pride, 
Will into thin and empty air fubfide ! 
And is this ftate fill'd with fuch happinefs^ 
That we fo eagerly fhould to it prefs? 
Ye mighty relics of loud founding ranks. 
Your names magnificent claim my beft thanks; 
Of this world's littlencfs youVe taught me more 
Than all the volumes which I have in ftore. 
A winding-flieet, nobility's array. 
And all your grandeur, mould'ring into clay; 
To us the flrongcft tcflimonics bring 
Of the fmall worth of each terrellrial thing. 
Never in truth, did providence record 
In fo ftrong characters this awful word, 
As in the lifclcfs aflies of his grace, 
Or my lord's corpfe, whofc vital fundtions ceafc. 
Let others cringing, if they pleafc, refort. 
And humbly to your wealthy fons pay court; 

( 57 ) 

Ignobly fawning their requefts renew, 

And for preferments anxioufly fue. 

In penlive contemplations oft my mind 

Is to their fathers* fepulchres confined. 

And, from their ileeping duft, learns to reftrain 

My exped:ations from all mortal men ; 

From each undue attachment free to climb. 

O'er all the little interefts of time ; 

O'er the deluiive joys of pomp to rife. 

And all wealth's gaudy tinfel to defpife ; 

Still above all the empty (hades to live. 

Which a vain tranfitory world can give. 

Hark ! what a found is that ? in fuch a place. 

Each noife my former fears ferves to increafe. 

It breaks again upon the filent air 

Solemn and flow the ftriking clock I hear. 

One would imagine, that it was defign'd 
To fix the meditations of my mind. 
Methinks it fays amen, and fets a feal 
To each improving hint it may reveal. appointed time it feems to fay, 
Another portion has now fled av/ay. 
It chimes to me juft like the pafling-bell. 
And is, of my '* departed hours, the knell.'* 
*Tis the watch-word to vigilance and care, 
And crys '' redeem the time'' in reafon's ear. 
*' Catch opportunity's refrefhing gale, 
" Catch it frefli breathing, left away'it fteal ; 
*' Ere it fhall irrecoverably ftray, 
**■ Since life's fhort fpan does by degrees decay. 
** Lo ! all thy minutes are upon the ftretch, 
" And ftrive with fpeed eternity to reach. 
'' Now to eternity thou draweft near, 
'* And art to endlefs time a borderer; 
** You make advances always to the ftate 
*' On which you thoughtfully now contemplate.'' 


( 58 ) 

O ! may the admonition be imprcfb'd. 
Deep on a willing and attentive breaft ! 

! may it heaven's arithmetic ilipply 

** My days to count, my heart to fenfe apply !** 
Often, yea, often have I walk*d below, 
Th' impending promontory's craggy brow; 

1 fometimes did thro' lonely places ftray. 
And o'er the gloomy defert bend my way ; 
Thro' dreary caverns frequently did prefs. 
And penetrate their innermoft recefs ; 
But nature never, fure, beheld before, 
With form fo dreadful and tremendous lour. 
Nor ever was with like impreffions filled, 
Which witli cold awe my breail and vitals chill'd t 
Which each black arch thefe mouldy walls afford^ 
Surrounded, and Vvith rueful objed:s ftor'd ; 
Where melancholy, inelancholy dread. 

Her raven wings inceffantly has fpread. 

Let me no more in thefe damp places dwell; 

And now, difmal obicurity, farewell ! 

And ye moft doleful feats, and fliades of night ! 

Gladly I vifit the returning light. 

A fuperficial profpedl having cafl. 

On thefe fad domes, where miOrtals refl: at laft; 

My prying mind prompts me without delay. 

To a more dole and intimate furvcy. 

And could wc open lay the tomb again, 

And fee what thofe are now, -w/ho once were men i 

How would the view% to our aftonifli'd eyes, 

Railc in our bofoms forrow and furprize! 

How would we it art, the wond'rous change to trace. 

The mighty change, of all the human race ! 

How grieve to fee what foul diihonour's paid, '^ 

What fmall account is of our nature made, > 

When in their fubteraneous lodgments laid ! J 

Lo! here the gay and fweetly winning face, 

Which more incclfantly attractive grace: 

( 59 ) 

And once of fmiles and lovelinefs was full. 

Grins horribly a naked, ghaftly {kull. 

Eyes which morebright than diamonds wereconfefs^^d^a, 

And glanc'd fweet hghtning on the coldeft breaft : 

Alas ' where are they ! or where fliall we find 

The Hnks which once thefe rolhng fparKlers join'd ! 

Thefe orbs echps'd^ in total darknefs loft. 

No more bewitching, radient glories boaft. 

The tongue, that could harmonic charms command^ 

And powerful eloquence, in this ftrange land, 

Has forgot all its cunning, and now where 

Are thofe loy'd ftrains that ravifh'd ev'ry ear ? 

Where is perfuafion's flow, with charms replete. 

That could our judgments wholly captivate ? 

The mafter fl<:iiPd in language and fweet founds. 

Is filent as the night which him furrounds. 

The pamper'd flelh, fo lately clothed gay,- 

Inpurple linen, and in rich array, 

Is rudely cover'd here with clods of clay ! 

Once the nice, gentle creature could not dare, 

** To lay its foot upon the groumi,'' through fear. 

So delicate and weak it was -/' but lo ! 

It fleeps in clammy earth enwrapped now j 

Inftead o£ downy pillows, refts its head 

On a cold, rocky, gravel-formed bed. 

Here ftrong men lowly bow themfelves, and here 

The arms unftrung, ftout finews loofen'd are ^ 

Limbs of activity and ftrength poffefs'd. 

And brawny joints, repofe in fullen reft ; 

The bones, as bars of iron ftrong, become 

An heap of duft in the lone, darkfome tomK 

The manof bufinefs here forgets his aims. 

And lays afide his pleafing, fav'rite fchemes. 

He ceafes to perplex himfelf in vain. 

And difcontinues the purfuit of gain. 

A total ftand does in this place^arife 

To commerce, and the falc of metchandize*. 

( 6o ) 

Here, as when Solomon his temple rear'd, 

No ftroke of hammer or of axe is heard. 

The winding-fhect, the coffin, and the tomb. 

To our devices gives the utmoft doom ; 

*• Hithefo they may, but no farther come.'* 

The fons of pleafure here, in endlefs night. 

Take a Icul farewell of each dear delight. 

No longer does the fenfualifl: here 

Anoint with oil, or fragrr.nt rofe buds wear: 

ISo more his time on lively mulic walle. 

Nor revel longer at the drunken feaft. 

Inftead of tables fumptuoufly iill'd. 

With all the plenty elegance can yield ; 

Himfelf the poor voluptuary gives, 

A treat w hereon the fattened infedt lives ; 

•'The reptile on his iielh feeds eagerly, 

** And the worm feafts onhim delicioufly." 

Here all the winning graces difappear, 

And blooming beauty drops her luftre here. 

Oh ! how her rofes wither and decay ! 

Here lilies languilh in this chilling clay I 

How the grand leveller contempt does throw. 

On w^hat with pleafure made our bofoms glow f 

With great deformity has lie deiiPd 

What had before the world in bondage held ! 

Now could the captivated lover gaze "] 

On the dear nymph which once could fo much pleafe, )> 

What great aftoaifliment would on him feizc. J 

*' Is this the charmer, whom not long ago, 

** I fondly doated on and loved {o, 

** I faid (he was incomparably fair, 

** That Ihe did fomethmg more than mortal Iharc. 

*' Her form in fymmetry itfclf was drcfs*d, 

•* And elegance fhonc in her air confefsM ; 

•' The graces all attended in her train, 

*' And peerlefs bcaulies forg'd the iilkea chain* 

( 6i ■) 

'* Mufic was in her words ; but when fhe fpokt 

*' Encouragement, my raptures (lie awoke. 

** How my heart danc'd to the delightful found, 

*^ While in her converfe I all comfort found ! 

*' Can fhe, fome weeks ago the queen of love, 

*' Now fo infufFerably loathfome prove ? 

*' Where are thofe blufliing cheeks, alas ! novv fled 1 

** And where thofe fweet lips, as the coral red I 

'* Where that white neck, on which the curling load 

'' In glofiy ringlets elegantly flowed ! 

** With numberlefs perfedions of the face, 

*' Accompany'd with each becoming grace! 

*' The dreadful alteration me amazM ! 

** On the bright meteor I fondly gaz'd : 

*' While like a fplendid ftar it ihone, methought 

** It was with lafting and firm tranfport fraught. 

** But how, alas 1 has it fo good decay'd 1 

** Fall'n from an orb in which it only flray'd ! 

** Shall the fole trace that it on earth muft leave 

*^ Be a vile body, putrid in the grave t'* 

Lie, poor Florcila ! lie deep as you muft. 

In obfcure darknefs, m.ixing with the dufl. 

Let night, with her impenetrable fhade. 

Forever o'er thy beauties be difplay'd. 

Thy dome and thy condition now agree ; 

To thy difgrace let no eye witnefs be : 

But let thy living fillers view thy fl:ate, 

When in the glafs their form they contemplate* 

When the fweet image pleafingly fhall rife, 

And vaft perfedions open to their eyes ; 

When boundlefs charms, with animating grace^, 

And confc'ous elegance glow in each face ; 

When tempting minutes dangers great conceal. 

And vain ideas in their breafts prevail ; 

Then let them think what horrid gloom is drawn^ 

Over a face which once like their '5 did dawn i 

( 60 

A face, in which the brightefl: features flione. 

With brilliant beauty, blooming as their own- 

They, by fuch feafonable thoughts, may find 

Bounds to the toils they have to drefs affign'd > 

And may acquire more earneft care to clean. 

Not outfide calkets, but the pearls within. 

It then might prove their highcft w^ifli to live 

In ev'ry virtue grace divine can give ; 

To have their minds with real goodnefs ftor'd. 

After the pattern of their bleffcd Lord. 

And would this any of their charms conceal ? 

Or from their perfons any honours fteal ? 

Quite the reverfe : it would I'pread matchlefs grace. 

And heav'niy glory o'er the faireic face. 

It would accomplilhments more winning give ; 

From it more lovelinefs they would receive. 

And what is yet a more inviting thing, 

Thefe flow*rs would flouriih in eternal fpring ; 

Nor fade with nature, nor with time decay, 

But bloom forever in moft rich array ; 

With ornaments untarniih'd always Ihine, 

And e'en in wintry age Ihed fweets divine. 

But that which fliall their greateft praifes fwell. 

And beft thefe noble qualities can tell ; 

That which muft, furc, the trucft pleafure give. 

Is, as the afhes of the phoenix live. 

From their hallow'd remains, ere long will rife, 

A form illuftrious to gild the flcies ; 

As wings of bleffcd angels ever bright, 

And laftincr as new Zion's beamincr hVht. 

For mc, the thought of this fad change fhall ftilf^ 

My mind with fhame and endlcfs forrow fill. 

For paying court to flclh ; and make mc fear 

From joys fo brittle happinefs to fliare. 

It fhall inflruft mc henceforth not to prize,- 

The comforts which from wcjl-join'd clay arifc ; 

" ( 63 ) 

Though in one perfon elegantly meet, 

A form quite perfed:, and a foul mofl fweet ; 

*Tis heav'ns laft, beft, and crowning gift, to be. 

Received with gratitude, and haiFd with joy. 

As the prime bleffing it can to us lend ; 

Nor flrains of fulfome worfhip to expend ; 

Nor in th' tncenfe of flattery conveyed. 

As adoratioa to a goddefs paid. 

I trufl that it my doating eyes will cure, 

And make me walk in v/ifdom's path feCure ; 

Incline me always preference to fliew. 

To ** charms that from meek and good fpirits flow. 

Before each fleeting, ornamental grace. 

Which decorates with white and led the face. 

My roving meditations I reprefs, 

From long excurfions through fcenes of diftrefs. 

Fancy awhile attention fl:rid:ly paid. 

To the foliloquy a lover made ; 

But judgment now again refumes the fway, 

And while her lips inftrudive truths convey, 

My mind (he happily dired:s and bends. 

To felf-concerning thoughts w^hich wifdom lends. 

Howe'er, when on the whole fcene I looked round. 

With mortal objects, and Death's trophies crown 'd ; 

I could not fail to fmite my breaft and ligh. 

The nobleft of things vifible to fpy, 

** Under the pale horfe and his rider lie."' 

While I in thefe pathetic terms exclaim. 

What ills, thou Adam, from thy failings came ! 

What direful defolations haft thou brought. 

On the world, by thy difobedience wrought ! 

The pov/'rful mifchiefs fee, that from fin flow I 

Sin, the moft ft^fely bodies has laid low ; 

Sin has on earth been fo harfh and fevere. 

Among the beft of God's creation there; 

That deadly bane of nature would have caft 

In. deepeft hell, where torments ever Idl^ 


V ^4 ) 

My better part, but that our grac'ous Lord 

Hinifdf a ranfom for us did afford. 

What due acknowledgments can finners flievv. 

For the great gratitude to God tliey owe ! 

What can a heav'n of blcfs*d behevers give ! 

Or what warm love fliould he from them receive ! 

Can they with ample thanks before him bend ! 

Such a deliverer, bcnefador, friend ! 

While my mind on thefe doleful objeds refls, 

A faithful monitor within, fuggefls • 

** Muft in me, likewife, this fad change fucceed ? 

*' x\nd am I, in like manner, doom'd to bleed ? 

*• Am I to breathe my lall, and in my turn 

*' Becom.e a corpfe, and be what I now mourn ? 

** Is there a time approaching then, fo near, 

*' In which this body, carry *d on a bier, 

*' Shall all this wretched world's temptations leave, 

** And be configned to its clay cold grave ? 

*' While fome kind friend, perhaps, at parting, may 

•' Let fall a tear, and, oh ! my brother! fay?'' 

"Nothing more certain ; And which Ihall endure. 

Than laws of Mcdcs and Peijians, more furc ; 

A firm decree has ratify'd the doom, 

To which at lad all mortal men muft come. 

Should now one of thofe ghaftly figures rife 

From its confinement, prefent to my eyes ; 

In dread deformity before me ftand. 

With haggard vifagelift a clatt'ring hand, 

And point it fully to my wondering fight ; 

Or open its thin jaws, formM to affright; 

Then with a hoari'e, tremendous murmur fpeak, 

And horribly this profound filencc break : 

Should it aeldrefs me juilas Samuel's gholl 

Did once the tearful, trembling king accoil 

** The [,ord Ihall give you to the hand of death, 
" And thou muff, alfo, foon rcfign thy breath; 

( 65 ) 

Yet but a little while and thou fhalt be 
'* In the fame ftate you now find me.'* 
The folemn warning, in a way fo grave, 
Muft on my mind, fure, ftrong impreflions leaves 
Commands in thunder would fcarce deeper fink, 
Yet I ought vaftly more to fear, I think, 
That which the Lord expreffly has declared, 
Thou fure llialt die ; and be for death prepared. 
Well then, fince fentence is againfl me pafs'd; 
Since by a righteous judge I have been caft ; 
And know not when the warrant may arrive ; "^ 
Let me to fin die, to Jehovah live, V 

Before I death from his juft fi:roke receive. J 

Let me the fliort, uncertain time employ. 
Which before execution I enjoy. 
In making preparations for that flate. 
Where does a blefs'd and better life aW' ait ; 
That when the fatal time, wdien my eyes 
Muft on all objedls clofe, below the Ikies ; 
I may again my Saviour efpy, 
Seated majeftic in the realms on high. 
Since then this frame, fo w^onderfully made, 
Muft to the grave be very foon conveyed ; 
Since all my powers of nefh muft foon give way. 
To inactivity, gloom, and decay ; 
Oh ! let it always be my earneft care. 
To ufe them right, whiLe in my pow'r they are ! 
Let me the poor ftrive always to relieve. 
And be '' lefs ready to receive than give." 
In humbleft pofture, let my knees ftill bow 
Before the throne of grace, devoutly low ; 
While on the earth my eyes are firmly held. 
With penitence and dread confufion filPd;'' 
Or reverently look to heav'n above. 
For gracious mercy, and forgiving love ! 
In ev'ry friendly interview, let ftill 
The '' law of kindjiefs all my converfe fill C" 


( 66 ) 

Or, if my friends choofe rather godly fpeech, 

Let ftill my tongue the gofpel of peace teach. 

Oh ! that in ev>y public concourfe I 

Jviinht, like a trumpet, raife my voice on high; 

And in melod'ous accents fpread around, 

A much more joyful and harmonic found ; 

While I in elevated language fing, 

Glad tidings which from free falvation fpring ! 

But ihut ftill, refolutely clofe, my ears, 

Againil: the wicked whifpers flander bears ; 

And ftriclly careful always to refrain 

From filthy talking, of a breath profane ; 

Attend to knowledge which from wifdom breaks. 

And ftedfaft hear when your Redeemer fpeaks ; 

Imbibe the precious truths deep in the mind, 

And be they ftrongly to the heart inclined. 

Bear me my feet, to the houfe of the Lord ; 

To beds with fick, and domes with paupers ftor*d. 

As all my members ftill on God depend, 

May they, v/ith reverence, always to him bend ; 

And may I be the willing inftrument. 

By which his praife may o'er the world be fent ! 

Then, ye embalmers, you may fpare your pains. 

Since I, by faith, procure my greateft gains; 

Thcfe works of faith, and labours of my love, . 

Are the perfumes for which my foul ftill ftrove. 

Enwrapp'd in thefe, Ld fear no deadly pert. 

But fvveetly in the bleffed Jefus reft ; 

Hoping that God will his '* commandment give," 

By which again ** my bones" my life receive; 

Re-animate them from the fenfelefs clay. 

At his moft awful and appointed day ; 

And as gold from the fire them purify, 

*' I fay not fev*n, but fev'n times fevcnty.*' 

Here then, my contemplation took its flight, 

And quickly in the garden did alight. 

( ^7 ) 

Adjoining to the mount of Calvary, 

On which our biefs'd Redeemer deign'd to die. 

Having view^'d tombs of fellow-creatures dead, 

Methought I long'd to fee where Chrifh was laid.. 

And what a fpectacle, oh ! once w^as here, 

In this, fo memorable, fepulchre ! 

He who, for clothes, with light himfelf arrays, 

*' And w^alks upon the winged winds" with eafe. 

Was pleafed frail habiliments to wear, 

And with the proftrate dead a dwelling fliare. 

Who can for this think any praife too great ? 

Or can, too oft, the wond'rous truth repeat ? 

Who, with the moft tranfporting, grateful fong. 

Can think on the glad theme he dwells too long ? 

He who, enthroned in glory, lits on high, 

'Mongft all the heav'nly hofts diffufing joy ; 

Was once a body, bloody, pale, and dead, 

And on this fpot repos'd his lifelefs head. 

How great, Death, was thy triumph in that hour !"^ 

Ne'er hadft thou captive in thy gloomy pow*r, y 

So excellent a prifoner before. j 

Did I fay prifoner ? and was he fuch ? 

No : he was more than conqueror by much. 

Than Sampfon he far mightier arofe, 

When he (hook off his tranfient repofe ; 

Spoird the ftrong gates, and levell'd with the ground 

The walls that thefe dominions dark fui round. 

In this, O mortals ! in this you muft place. 

Your only hopes of comfort and of peace. 

This dreadful path your Saviour has trod. 

And fmooth and eafy made the rugged road. 

Chrift, deeping in the chambers of the tomb, "^. 

Has from thi j manfion driv'n the difmal gloom^ V 

And left fweet odors in each dreary room. J 

The dying Jefus (never let that joy 

Forfake your bofoms ! Jefus who did die) 

( 63 ) 

Your pafsport and proteftion fiire will give 

Through all the territories of the grave. 

Trufl him ; they'll prove to Si on a highway. 

And fafely you to Paradife convey. 

Believe in him and you no lofs will find. 

But endlefs gains when to the tomb coulignM. 

For hear what to this weighty point God faith, 

'* Whofo believes in me fiiall ne'er fee death.'* 

How fyblime and cmphatical this ftrain ! 

This much, at leaft, the mighty truth muft mean 

** The nature of that latter change Ihall be 

Made for the better moil furprifingly. 

It {hall no more be for a punifiiment. 

But rather as the o-reatefl: bleffin^Y fent : 

o o 

It iliall attended to fuch perfons hallc. 

With fuch a train of folid profits grac'd ; 

That they mufi: not the ;^.ame of death receive. 

For 'tis then only they begin to live : 

To fay that death could from fuch blifs arife, 

A happy impropriety implies. 

Their exit in the end of their frail ftatc, 

As then perfedion will on them await. 

Their laft groan is a prelude to their joy, 

To comfort, life, and immortality." 

Weak fouls ! affrighted at the pafling-bell, 

Who at the fight of open'd graves tinn pale ; 

Who fcarce aikull or coffin can behold, 

And not experience a fhudd'ring cold ; 

Who to the gridy tyrant bondmen are, 

And quake when he his iron rod docs rear; 

To the Lord, of your fpirits loudly cry, 

And for protcdlion on his fon rely. 

By faith you'll from your flavcry be freed, 

And courage get on this worft fnake to tread. 

Old Simeon, when Jesus he embrac'd, 

Departed with tranquillity, well plcaS'd; 

( 69 ) 

When the child Chrift, in arms of flefn he grafpM, 

And in faith's arms the Mediator clafp'd. 

That bitter perfecutor, Saul, when crowned 

With his Redeemer, in Chrift being found. 

Longs for difmiffion from this cumb'rous earth. 

And is all rapture at the fight of death. 

Sure I fee one more of Imm^anuel's train, 

Truftmg in Chrift, on his Redeemer lean. 

And cheerfully to filent fliades depart. 

With a composed and an exulting heart. 

Under this powerful and blefs'd name behold, 

Numberlefs crowds of finful men grown bold ! 

Have fixM their banners, and m.oft bravely fought^^ 

And '' by the Lamb's blood vidlory have got.'* 

Thou mayft, by the example which the Lord, 

The Captain of Salvation, does afford. 

Undaunted ev'ry care and danger meet. 

And on the king of terrors fet thy feet. 

Supply 'd with this fure antidote, you miay 

Round the hole of the cup fecurely play ; 

And put your hand, unconfcious of dread, 

Where the dire cockatrice its den has made ; 

Thou mayft feel vipers on thy mortal part, 

And yet experience no deadly fmart. 

You, by a joyful refurrection, will 

Shake them off* one day, without any ill. 

Refurred:ion ! that cheering word prepares 

Joy for my foul, and lightens all my cares ; 

My mind it eafes of its anx'ous pains. 

And an enquiry of vaft weight explains. 

I would have alked, wherefore in this place. 

Lie all thefe corpfes, in fuch abjed: Cafe ? 

And is this, then, their fix'd and final doom ? 

Has death, their conqueror, chained them to the tomb? 

Will he his captives ne'er from bondage free ? 

Wilt thou forget them, Lord, eternally ? 

( 7° ) 

No, faith the voice from heav'n, the word divine, 

Hope doth all good and right'oiis men confine. 

There is an hour (that awful fecret's known 

To God, the all-forefceing Lord, alone) 

There is a time, a fixed hour of grace, 

In which an adl the heav*nly feal will pafs^ 

Whereby they Ihall a full difcharge receive. 

Eternal freedom from the gloomy grave. 

Then the Lord Jefus fliall from heav'n dcfcend, 

While angels and archangels him attend. 

And with the trump of God all nature rend. 

Deftruftion's felf, fliall the dread call adore. 

And graves obediently their dead rellore. 

They, in the twinkling of an eye, awake, 

And from ten thoufand years' fleep quickly break ; 

They fpring forth like the bounding roe or deer. 

To meet ** the Lord eternal in the air.'' 

And oh ! with what congratulating grace, 

With how^ tranfporting, hearty an embrace. 

Are the foul and the body once more join'd. 

Companions fo affcdlionate and kind ! 

But how much greater figns of love are fhewn, 

When Chrift, compafTionate, calls them his own ! 

The Lord, who in the clouds of heav'n does come. 

Is their kind friend^ their fuhcr, and bridegroom; 

Yet they are not to fuffer any fears. 

From all the grandeur in which he appears. 

Thofe wonderful folcmnities, fo dread, 

Which awe and ruin through all nations fpread. 

Serve only to inflame their love the more, 

And make their hopes of happinefs flow o'er. 

The awful judge, in all his mightincfs 

And fplendour, vouchlafes their names to confcfs ; 

Vouchfafes their great fidelity to tell. 

Before the beings that in heav'n dwell ; 

And deigns their goodnefs to commemorate 

Before the world, who on his will await. 

( 71 ) 

Hark ! now the thunders their dread found alTuage ; 

The hghtnings ceafe their terrifying rage ; 

In filent doubt, the angehc armies fee; 

Attentive wait the Judge's great decree ! 

The race of Adam, with an anx'ous mind^ 

Exped: a fentence rigourous or kind. 

The King Supreme, adorable, whofe grace, 

Is more than hfe to mortal's pureft peace ; 

And whofe adoption is a crow^n of joy. 

Upon the right'ous cafts a pleafingeye. 

Oh! what a fpeech from his hps fweetly breaks 1 

What cheering accents, as he grac'ous fpeaks ! 

And with what extacies of joy and praife, 

They in the bofoms of the faithful blaze ! 

To you, my people, I acceptance give. 

For ye are they who did my name believe, 

Lo ! ye are they who have yourfelves deny'd. 

And with firm truft ftill on my pow'r rely'd. 

No fpot or blemifh in your frames I fee, 

Wafli'd in my blood, cloth'd in my purity. 

Renew'd by my fpirit, ye on earth. 

Have prais'd me, and been conftant unto death. 

Come then, ye fervants of the living Lord, 

Enjoy the comforts which he will afford. 

Come then, ye bleffed of the Lord above, "^ 

Children of light, who fhare my father's love, )► 

Poffefs a kingdom that fhall ne'er remove ; J 

Receive the crown that fadeth not away. 

And tafte of pleafures which can ne'er decay ! 

The right'ous then, this fmalleftgood fhall gain, 

That they no more will languifh under pain ; 

That ficknefs ne'er again fhall fhew her face, 

Her doleful vifage, in their dwelling-place. 

At that great period death itfelf fhall die. 

And be quite '' fwallow^d up in vidtory .'* 

That fatal jav'lin, whofe unerring dart. 

Drank monarchs' blood ; and pierced the mortal heart; 

( 72 ) 

Death, wlilch all Adam's children has annoy'd. 

Shall at that time be utterly deilroy'd. 

That Icytiic enormous, which in darkeft fliadc 

The great eft empires has fo often laid ; 

Which years and generations can remove, 

Shall then perpetually ufelefs prove. 

Sin, alio, Vv^hich, thou bloody tyrant, fills 

Thy hateful quiver with tormenting ills ; 

Sin, which lO thee rcfiftlefs ftrength could yield. 

And crown'd the viclor in each horrid field ! 

Which drove thy arrows with unbounded might. 

Shall then be covered in unceafing night. 

Whatever's frail, or could our minds deprave, 

Shall be thrown off for ever in the orrave. 

Ail yet to come is excellence fupreme, 

Confummatc bhfs, and tranfports Hill the lame. 

Eternity ! O vaft Eternity ! 

Thou doft our boldeft, ftrongeft thoughts defy ! 

All our refearches thy great depths to gain 

Are ufelefs, ineffedual, and vain ! 

Who can with landmarks thy dimenfions bound > 

Or who find plumbers the abyfs to found ? 

Arithmeticians have rules to fliew 

The fcafons which progreftive time goes through ; 

Aftronomers have inftrumcnts to fpy, 

And tell how diftant all the planets lie. 

Can numbers ftate, or any lines unfold, 

The lengths and breadths eternity fhould hold ? 

Its height is more than heav'n; what canfl thou do ? 

*• Its depth is more than hell; what canft thou know ? 

" Its m.calurc doth our leffer earth contain, 

** And in its breadth it holds the watVy main.*' 

Myfteriousexilkncc, vaft excefs : "] 

Not to be rendered by deductions lefs, y 

Or by the largeft funis we can cxprcfs ! J 

Extent impoihblc to be confin'd. 

By any boundaries by us alfignM ! 

{ 73 ) 

None can fay after wond'rous ages wafte, 
" That fo much of eternity is part/' 
For, when ten thoufand centuries are gone, 
It is but juft comnncncing to come on ; 
When millions more have run their 'ample round, 
It will no nearer to its end be found. 
When ages, numerous as the bloom of fpring, 
Join'd to the herbage which the fummers bring ; 
Augmented by the ears of autumn's grain. 
All multiply'd by winter's dropping rain ; 
And when ten thoufand times ten thoufand more. 
Added to numbers infinite before ; 
More than imagination can convey, 
Or yet fimilitude have pafs'd away ; 
Eternity, amazing, vaft, immenfe, 
Will only at that period commence ; 
Or rather, if I in thefe terms may fpeak. 
Will its beginning but begin to m. ke. 
O ! what a pleafing awful thought is this ! 
With dread abounding, and yet full of blifs. 
May this give the alarm to all our fears, 
Quicken our hopes, and animate our cares ! 
May it inilrud us faithfully to live. 
And fortitude to our eadeavours give ! 
An inconceivable and endlefs ftate 
Does iliortly, very fliortly, us await ; 
Let us be diligent now, to infure 
An entrance into happinefs fecure ! 
Let us our utmoft induftry apply. 
Since no fcene alters in futurity. 
The wheel ne'er turns nor objects chaise receive j 
Airs fix'd, immovable, beyond the grave. 
Whether w^e then, are feated on the throne. 
Or ftretch'd on racks, in agony to groan ; 
Juflice iaiflexible, or endlefs grace. 
Will a iirm fcal to our condition place. 


( 74 ) 

The faints their happinefs rejoicing prove, 

Amidft the fmiles of never ending love; 

Their harps inceflantly to joy they fit ; 

No interruption their triumphs admit. 

The ruin which the wicked undergo. 

Is fiird with irremediable woe. 

The fatal fentence which the Lord fhall feal. 

Is fix'd, immovalrle, without repeal. 

They cannot one faint^ glimm'ring hope revive. 

Their doleful habitations e'er to leave ; 

But all things the fame difmal afped: bear, 

And which they everlaftingly muft wear. 

The wicked How my penfive bofom flirinks, 

When on their dreadful mifery it thinks ! 

It wav'd the horrid theme with careful awe ; 

And feems yet willing from it to withdraw. 

But it is better for fome minutes, fure. 

To cogitate, than endlefs pains endure. 

Perhaps the thoughts of their fad torments may, 

Some terrible advantages difplay ; 

Perhaps the thought of their augmented woes. 

May to my foul fome mighty good difclofe ; 

IWay teach me Jefus with more joy to fee 

** Who from the pit unfathom'd fets me free." 

May hurry me, like the avenger's fword. 

To this fole city with protection ftor'd. 

Which to fad finners refuge can afford. 

As malefadlors in the prifon's gloom 

Fearfully wait their trial yet to come ; 

So here the wicked in confufion lie, 

And fuffer torments to eternity. 

They muft forever dwell in this dire place. 

For ** their departure was devoid of peace." 

Their clofing eye-lids w ere with horrors drownM, 

Which dealt inceflantly a direful wound ; 

And fad forebodings in their minds did raife, 

'* That the black durknefs would not ever ce^fc/' 


( IS ) 

When the laft ficknefs feiz'd their tott'ring frame, "1 
And the inevitable fummons came -, ^ 

When at their life they faw the archer aim ; J 

And to the ftring perceiv'd the fatal reed 
Fitted, and pofting with unerring fpeed ; 
When they experienced the deadly dart,. 

Transfixed deeply in the vital part 

Good God ! what fearfulnefs muft then annoy I 

What horrid dread their ev'ry hope deftroy ! 

How ftedfaftly their ghaftly eyes they keep, 

Shudd'ring at the tremendous, gloomy fteep ! 

Afraid exceffively this world to leave, 

Yet utterly incapable to live ! 

What pale reviews, what ftartling profpedls rife* 

Confpiring all their fouls to agonize ! 

When their paft life they ponder, they behold 

Mofl: melancholy fcenes themfelves unfold ; 

God's mercy flighted, unrepented fin, 

And grace withdrawing from the foul within. 

They forward look, naught opens to their fight. 

But that great God w^ho forms his judgment rights 

They at the dread tribunal muft appear, 

And pay their awful, folemn reckoning there. 

Around them their affrighted eyes th*ey roll. 

Viewing the friends who their diflrefs condole. 

Who, if partakers in their wicked life, 

Mufi: add frefli anguifh to their former grief; 

When they confider, in this dreadful flate. 

That this their guilt, mufl further aggravate ; 

When they perceive they have not finn'd alone 

But have made others ad:, as they have done ; 

If their friends are to holinefs inclin'd. 

This heaps new forrow on each troubled mind; 

It greatly heightens their diftradiing pain. 

That they fhall ne'er enjoy their fight again; 

But at a diftance unaproachable. 

And parted by a gulph unpaflableo 

( 76 ) 

They at the laft, perhaps, begin to pray. 

Striving hy that their terrors to allay ; 

With anx'ous wifli they to the Lord apply. 

And for a.'Iiflance to Jehovah cry : 

With trembling lips their fidt'ring words they pour. 

To that great God '• who kills and can reftore/' 

But whiV, oh ! why have they (o long delay 'd, 

Pray'rs which to heav*nthey Ihould before have made ? 

Could they have ho. csof any blefs'd reward. 

When to God's counfels they paid no regard ? 

And why did they incorrigible ftand, 

Unmindful ever of his grciit comm.and ? 

How oft were they forewarnM of this fad ftate. 

And what dire punifl^imcnts would them await ? 

How oft importunately urg'd by God 

To turn to him, and ihun his vengeful rod ? 

I wdh. the Lord may on them mercy pour. 

And fave them at this laft alarming hour ! 

I wifli they may his kind forgivenefs meet. 

Ere deep damnation burfls beneath their feet I 

But oh ! affi'onted majefty may then, 

Regardlcfs of all their complaints remain; 

Nor deign to work a miracle of grace, 

To give fuch obftinate tranfgreliors peace. 

He may, for aught that any mortal knows, 

** Joy at their griefs, and laugli at all their woes ? 

*' May be unhcedfiil of their agony, 

** And mock them when their fear approachethnigh.'* 

Thus they lie groaning with fevcreil pains, 

In tortures fpcnding what of life remains, 

With chillino- fweat their bodies running; o'er 

Which iffiies coldly from each open*d pore; 

Convulfive throes now ftruggle with the heart. 

Grief infupportablc throbs thro* each part : 

Innumerable fliafts of Ibrrow fpend 

Their rage upon them, and their confcicnce rend. 

( 77 ) 

If the ungodly fufFer, then this death. 

And with fad torments thus refign their breath, 

'' My foul, do not into their fccretccine, 

** Left you Ihouid meet with their eternal doom ? 

'' Do not, mine honour, with fuch men unite, 

'* But from their meetings take your darling flight!*' 

How awfully accomplifh'd are the words, 

The truths w hich infpir'd wifdom Ihll affords 1 

** Sin always bears the moft deftru6live load, 

*' Tho' feemingly in the commiiiion good ; 

*' Like bites of ferpents it infli^teth pains, 

** And like the adders hidden flings contain." 

Then, thefe loft wretches' wicked courfes (Ivan, 

And from their tents w'ith expedition run. 

How happy w^ould this difTolution be. 

Should it from all their tortures fet them free ! 

Alas ! thefe tribulations only are 

The bitter prelude to their future care ; 

Which one drop of the '' cup of trembling" give 

Mingled with anguifii they muft yet receive. 

Nb fooner fiiall the lateft pang expel 

The foul reluc'^ant from its earthly cell ; 

But they are hurry'd with moft rapid flight. 

To God*s moft injured and offended fight ; 

Not by the conduct of beneficence. 

Which blefted Angels cheerfully difpenfe; 

But left to infults of the fiends accurs'd, 

Who lately tempted them to deeds the w^orft^ 

Who now upbraid them fof their lives mifpent. 

And to eternity will them torment. 

Who can conceive their forrow and diftrefs 

Or their confufion properly exprcfs ; 

When inexcufable and guilty, they 

In fight of their incensed Creator ftay ? 

They are received with an angry brow ; 

** The God that made tliem has no mercy now/' 

( 78 ) 

The Spring of happinefs, the Prince of Peace> 

Rejedls them with abhorrence and difgrace; 

He gives them o'er to chains of black defpair> 

And to receptacles of gloomy care ; 

'Till that more public, miferable ftate. 

Which at the laft, great day, fhall on them wait. 

The phials then of unrelenting woe, 

Will thefe unhappy creatures overflow. 

The holy law, of which they made (o light ; 

The gofpel, which they hitherto did flight ; 

The pow'r which they repeatedly abus'd ; 

The goodnefs, which fo often they refused ; 

Will then, in their exemplary decay. 

With richefl: honours their neglccft repay. 

Then God the Lord who fliall, v/ithout repeal. 

His jufl: difpleafure on the wicked deal ; 

Will draw the arrow to the head, and bind 

Them as the mark of his relentlefs mind. 

A refurrecSion from the gloomy grave. 

Will to their fouls no privileges give ; 

But immortality itfelf fhall Tbed 

Eternal curfes on each wretched head. 

Would they not blefs with warmeft thanks the tomb 

** Where all things lie in cverlafting gloom ?*' 

Would they not wiih forever there to hide. 

And in its dark receflfe* ftill refide ? 

Their perfons, though, the grave will not conceal. 

Or o'er their wicked aftions draw a veil. 

They alfo muft awake ! they muft arife. 

And meet their judge immortal, in the fkies : 

Thatgrcat judge bcfoi'e whom heav'n's pillars quake, 

*' And earth's foundations to the centre Ihakc :'' 

A judge, long fuff'ring once with mercy ftorM, 

A once compafl^ionatc and friendly Lord ; 

But now unalterably fix'd to fliew. 

Stubborn ofil:ndcrs, what great evils flow. 

( 79 ) 

From their provoking of Almighty God ; 

What 'tis to trample on their Saviour's blood ; 

And what it is v^^ith defpite to receive 

The gracious overtures his fpirit gave. 

Oh ! what perplexity will then abound I 

And what diftradlions muft the fouls confound 

Of wicked rebels ! when the final call 

Before God's judgment-feat fhall bring them all ! 

** What can they do in this day of diftrefs/' 

Which feals their punifliment without redrefs! 

Where ? How? or from whence, can they feek relief? 

Which of the faints will migitate their grief ? 

Where can they find eafe from their wretched ftate ? 

Alas ! 'tis all in vain ; 'tis all too late. 

Friends and acquaintance here no longer own. 

That they before were ever to be known : 

Now heav'n and earth forfake them to the woe 

Which they eternally muft undergo ; 

And ev'n the mediator's felf denies. 

In thefe black moments, any hopes to rife. 

To fly, it will impracticable be ; 

To clear themfelves, impoflibility ; 

And to implore in fupplicating ftrain, } 

Would now be unavailable and vain. 

Behold ! the book of judgment's open laid, 

The ftridleft fcrutiny will now be made ; 

The fecrets of all hearts fhall be difclos'd. 

And ev'ry wickednefs to fight expos'd ; 

The things which hitherto were hid in night. 

Shall be difplayed in the cleareft light. 

How empty, iiieffeftual, and bare 

Will each refined artifice appear ; 

With which the hypocrites have mendeceiv'd, 

And worthy characters from them received ! 

The jealous God, the mighty Lord, who hath 

Been round their bedj has been about their path ; 

V ^o ) 

And hath fccn all the ways which they have run ; 

" Before them lets the things that they have done.'* 

They can't to one in thoufands anfwer make, 

But in the awful judgment trembling quake, 

iSpeechlefs with guilt, and branded with difgrace. 

They dare not view the blefi'ed angels' fiice. 

Oh ! what a favour would the foaming fea, 

By hiding their afhamed heads, convey ! 

How verv willingly would they be hurl'd, 

B':neath the ruins of the tott'ring world ! 

If the contempt that's thrown upon them, then, 

Can caufc ih infupportable a pain ; 

'* Hou^ will their hearts fland" when with woes prcpar'd 

The fword of endlefs indignation's rcar'd, 

y\nd fiercely wav'd round each defcncclefs head, 

There its abundant agonies to flied ; 

Or aim'd diredlly at the naked breafl. 

That they eternally maybe diftrefs'd ! 

How mufc the wretches fcream with wild furprize. 

Rending the heav'ns with fad bewailing cries ; 

When ** the right-aiming thunderbolts'* of God 

To execute his orders ** go abroad !" 

Go at the dreadfully commanding word. 

To drive them from the kingdom of the Lord ; 

Not to involve them in a moment's pain. 

Or tortures which but one fhort hour remain ; 

But into all the reftlcflhefs and care, "^ 

The pangs which fires unquenchable prepare, y 

And griefs of everlalting, black defpair ! J 

O ! miftry of mifcries ! fad fate ! 

Too Ihocking for reflection to repeat. 

But if it is fo difmal to fore fee. 

And that when vicw'd fo very dillantly. 

And with fbme comfortable hopes combined, 

Some cxpcdlations an eicape to rind ; 

How hard how inconceivably fevcrc, 

How vaflly bitter thcfc dire pangc to bear ; 

( 81 ) 

Without a refpite from fuch agony. 
Thro* hopelefs ages of eternity ! 
Who can the bowels of compaffion (hew ? 
In whom do fentiments of pity glow ? 
Who for his fellow-creatures can conceive, 
Tender concern, their hardfhips to relieve ? 
Who is he ! for Chrift's fake, and in God's name. 
Let active zeal his fympathy proclaim. 
Let him befeech mankind to feek the Lord^ 
While in their reach he may himfelf afford ! 
To throw their arms rebellious away. 
Ere the ad:s of indemnity decay, 
Submiffively the Holy Lamb adore 
Who for his ovv^n has pcrfed: blifs in fcore. 
Let us to men here act the friendly part, "*] 

Let our benevolence itfelf exert, y 

To prove the feelings of a tender heart: J 

By warning whomfoever may be gained, 
Quickly to take the wings of faith unfeign'd ; 
With undelay'd repentance ftraight comply, 
And ** from yet abfent indignation fly/' 
Upon the whole, what great difcoveries, 
Immenfe, flupendous, open to my, eyes ! 
Do thou, my foul, to ferious thoughts refign'd. 
In faithful memory keep them confin'd. 
Still recoiled: them with a prudent breaft. 
When you lie dow^n, or when you rife from reft. 
Do thou, when walking, always them receive 
As the companions who beft counfel give ; 
To them v/hen talking, ftrid; attention pay. 
As prompters who the foundeft truths convey. 
And to whatever bufinefs you attend. 
Heed them as thofe who will the beft befriend. 
If you by thefeconfiderations move. 
Your ev'ry view will more extenfive prove ; 
All your affedlions will exalted be. 
And rife in value more confpic'ouflyj 


( Sa ) 

And you \vill foar en more majeftic wings. 

O'er tantalizing reach of earthly things. 

Thy bofom, with thefe influences fiWd, 

That on which your fuprcme deiires you build. 

The fcope of your endeavours, will be then. 

The approbation of the Lord to gain; 

Who w^ill with glory fill the judgment feat. 

And the decifive fcntcnce there repeat. 

His pleafure for thy rule will to thee leave. 

The greateft happinefs you can receive. 

His glory be thy aim ; his holy grace. 

With ftrength unccaiing, will thy faith increafc. 

Wonder, O man ! with adm.iration fee 

The great events, how near approaching thee ; 

View the llrangc prodigies which foon will fall 

With dread awe on the univerfal ball ; 

Events Ibvaft that nothing here below, 

No finite being can their meafure know. 

Events, by which whatever yet was thought 

Great in the world, will be reduced to nought, 

And w^ill to littlenefsand nothing tear 

The annals of which mankind took fuchcare ; 

Which Jefus, (for their coming give us grace ! 

Be our defence, O Lord, when they take place !) 

Are with the fixed, everlafling fate 

Of all the living and the dead replete. 

I mufl behold the graves then cleaving wide. 

And ocean teeming from its mighty tide, 

Muil unfufpcded multitudes elpy, 

And countlcfs crowds together fwarming fly; 

Muft fee from both the thronging nations fpring, 

To hear the fcntcnce of their judge and king ; 

Mult fee the world blaze withdclh-udlivc flame, 

To non-exiflcncc turn'd, from which it came ; 

Stand at the downfall of mortality. 

And an attendant on dead nature he. 

( §3 ) 

I mufl the great expanfive flcies behold, 

Themf elves like fcrolis of paper clolely fold ; 

And the incarnate God of bounilefs worth. 

From brightnefs inacceffible come forth ; 

On whom tenthoufand, thoiifand angels wait. 

While he confirms both men's and devils' fate. 

I muft fee time conceaPd in endlefs night 

And vafl: eternity difclos'd to fight ; 

Muft enter on a new exiftence now, 

Which never nearer to an end fliall grow* 

Let the moft vain imagination fay. 

Ought I not heed fully to watch my way; 

The purity of my belief to try. 

And not too much on human flrength rely ? 

Are there inquiries vv^orthy greater care, 

Oh yes ! when w^e our earth with heav'n compare, 

Does not this give an infinite command, 

With girded loins before the Lord to fland ; 

To trim my lamp, and my beft garm.ents v/ear. 

When I before the ** bridegroom fliall appear"? 

That I, wafh'd in the blefTed, bloody tide. 

The fountain opened in my Sav'our's fide ; 

Clad w^ith the marriage- garment which was wove 

By his obedience and tranfcendant love ; 

May, ** unreprovable, be found in peace,'* 

Unblamable by his abundant grace. 

Elfe hov/ fliall I with boldnefs frand when all. 

The fl:ars of heav'n from their bright orbits fall ? 

How fliall I come with courage in my face, 

Eredl and darings fearlefs of difgrace ; 

When ev'n the earth, from its foundations low>. 

Is like a drunkard reeling to-and-fro ? 

How fliall I then look up with pleafing joy. 

And behold my falvation drawing nigh ; 

When hearts of multitudes thro' terror faiU 

And dreadful agonies their fouls aflail.? 

( 84 ) 

Now madam, lefl: my meditations may 
Set in a cloud, and any gloom difplay 
Unpleafingto your mind, let me once more 
The brightening profpedts of the juft explore. 
Their ioytul expectations held in fight, 
May ferve our doleful mufings to delight ; 
May our fad thoughts exhilarate, which were 
Longfix'd on fepulchrcs and objefls dear ; 
And have been hovering fo much around 
Infernal darknefs, and the depths profound : 
As a large plain with cheerful verdure filled, 
Can to the eye relief and vigour yield, 
Which fome minute or glaring thing had tirM, 
By being too attentively admirM. 
The good and righteous re^ofing lie. 
And in earth's bofom quietnefs enjoy; 
As wary pilots cautioufly feek, 
In flcrmy feafons, fome well-lhelter'd creek, 
There to partake of harmony and reft, 
While dreadful tempefts this low world infeft. 
Here they are in fafe anchorage ; and here 
No hidden fhoals, or foundering fands are near; 
Freed from iniquity's prevailing feas, 
They live in calm ferenity and eafe ; 
No powerful temptations now can block 
Their pafHigc, or impel them on fin's rock. 
But wx (hall very Ihortly fee them hoife 
Their flag of hope, which with glad breezes flics ; 
R-iding before a kindly blowing wind ; 
Of worth atoning, and a loving mind ; 
Till with the fails of faith aflTur'd they prcfs 
Into the port of endlefs happincfs. 
llien may the honour'd, much eftccmed friend, 
The lady, for whom thcfe lines have been penn'd ; 
Rich in good works, in heavenly tempers great. 
But with Chrift's merit vaftly more complete; 

( % ) 

O may flie with a favourable gale. 
Enter the harbour, hke a flately fail, 
Juft from a noble expedition come, 
Returned fuccefsful, and in triumph home ; 
While acclamations, joy, and honour, wait. 
With fhouts inceflant, on her lucky ilate ! 
While my fmall bark, attendant on the joy. 
Cheerfully joining the folemnity. 
And a partaker of the vidlory ; 
Shall flowly, with a peaceful wind, 
Humbly obfequious glide on behind: 
And both in the lov'd, wifh'd-for haven reft. 
With perfedt blifs, and endlefs fafety blefs'd. 


I cannot perfuade myfelfto clofe the folemn meditations 
among the tombs without a view of the Jlarry hea^ 
vens that Jurrounds us, which y me thinks, none can be^ 
hold without wonder and amazement. 

" When I confider the heaven's, the works of thy fingers, the moon 
'' and the ftars which thou haft ordained. Lord what is man, that thou 
" art mindful of him, and the fon of man, that thou vifiteft him." 

Pfalms viii. v. 3 and 4. 


The following hymn was compofed by one of the happieft 
efforts of human ingenuity , I mean Mr. Addifon^ in 
his SpeElatory No. 465. 

HE fpac'ous firmament on high. 
With all the blue etherial fl^:y, 
And fpangled heav'ns, a fliining frame. 
Their great original proclaim : 
Th' unwearied fun from day to day, 
Does his Creator's pow'rs difplay; 
And publifhes to every land. 
The work of an Almighty hand. 
Soon as the evening lliades prevail. 
The mpon takes up the wondVous tale; 

( 86 ) 

And nightly, to the hft'ning earth. 
Repeats the ftory of her birth ; 
While all the liars that round her burn. 
And all the planets in their turn. 
Confirm the tidings as they roll. 
And fpread the truth from pole to pole. 
What, though, no real voice nor found 
Amidft their radiant orbs be found ? 
In rcafon's ear they all rejoice. 
And utter forth a glorious voice^ 
Forever Ringing as they fliine, 
^he hand that made us is divine. 

.e«>o«oo J)^;^[^^^iS!^^^^^ 

A Hymn for Chrijlmas Morning ; 

Or may, with propriety, be ufed at any other time. It has, in my 
hearing, been fiing in fome churches in Ireland. 

AWAKE, awake, and hail the morn, 
0\\ vvhich the Prince of Peace was born> 
Let holy praife, each tongue employ, 
And make each heart exult with joy. 

Chorus. Let all in heav'n, and all in earth. 
Celebrate the Saviour's birth. 

The God in whom we live and move, 
Forfakes the ihining realms above. 
Lays all his heav'nly grandeur by. 
And condefcends for man to die. 

Chorus, Let all, &c. 

See Gabriel quits his native fkics. 
And to the favoured virgin flies, 
V/ith welcome news her heart lie cheers^ 
And bids her banifh all her fears. 

Chorus. Let all, &c. 

Glory to God the angels fing. 
The heav ns with Hallelujahs ring; 

( 87 ) 

While faints unite, with loud acclaim,; 
To blefs the mighty Saviour's name. 

Chorus. Let all, &c. 

Then let each heart abound with joy j 
Let praifes ev'ry tongue employ ; 
Let rich and poor, let old and young. 
United raife the heav'nly fong. 

Chorus, Let all, &c. 

I N this fmall coUedtion of poems, I cannot perfuade myfelf to pa^ 
over a recitation of the folemn hymn, ix}."^'^ through the ftates of Ame- 
rica, on the death of that animating, that admirable and inftfUi5t-i«/e 
divine, the Rev. George Whitefield, with an anecdote of him- 
This gentleman, indeed, like his mailer, " went about doing good.*^ 
I lived before and after his deceafc in the city of Phiiadejphia, having 
married there, and remem.ber it was he who procured the orphan lioufe 
of Georgia to be built, as alfo the college and academy of Philadel- 
phia — his oratory at that time being powerful and his intereit great. 
This I only mention as a flcetch of his beneficence, and in honour cf 
his memory. I lived in New-York a little before he paid his lail vifit 
to Bofton, near to which he died, and, amiong others, v/aited ovt him as 
a vifitor. The moment I entered his apartsnsnt, he told the gentleman 
who travelled with him^ I v»^as like a clergyman of his acquaintance^ 
whofe nam»e I have forgot. However, in the courfe of converfation,he 
told me he was detained in New- York beyond his intended time, hMt 
that Satan hindered him. I made anfwer, it would be a ftrange doctrine 
to fay, Satan had pov/er over a good man, to detain him beyond his 
defire, or to go where his bufmefs called him j but he gave me for an- 
fv/er, that when St. Paul would have gone up to Jerufalem, Satan hin- 
dered him. I begged a further illuftration on fo uncommon a fubieci 5 
but his anfwer again was, " we read fo." Upon fcarching for the text 
i found it in i Theflalonians, ii. 18. '^ Wherefore we would have come 
" ufito you (even I Paul) once and again; but Satan hindered us*''' 
The plural fpoken of in this text, was SUvanus and Timotheus. I 
would be happy to fee a comment on this text, illuftriiting how far Sa- 
tan may have a power to hurt the work of God in fome cafes, by fonie 
able and worthy divine. The hymn mentioned beforp, and fung throuG;li 
the continent, on the deceafc of Mr. Whitefield, may be found in i)r, 
Watts's Hymns, book ii. hymn the 63, vi?;. 

ARK ! from the tombs a doleful found, 
My ears attend the cry ; 


( 88 ) 

Ye living men, come view the ground^ 
Where you muft Ihortly He. 

Princes, this clay mull be your bed, 

In fpite of all your towers ; 
The tall, the wife, the rev'rend head, 

Muft lie as low^ as ours. 

Great God ! is this our certain doom ? 

And are we ftill fecure ? 
Still walking downward to our tomb, 

And yet prepare no more ? 

Grant us the pow'rs of quickening grace. 
To fit our fouls to fly ; ' 

Then, when we drop this dying flelh. 
We'll rife above the Iky. 

•3:^ N. }]. Should the v/riter of thcfc lines be in the city, he would, 
v^ith pleafure, wait on any fubfcriber, to inftrutSl them in the proper 
tunes for the piece on creation, the Chriftmas hymn, and the above fu- 
neral thought, if not engaged in bufuiefs. 

• '---^sC2SS^<2St:^'""' ■ 

On the Neglect of Poor Relations. 

** The Poor is f>parated fnm his neighbour,''^ Prov. xix. 7. 

IN pafling thro' the troubled maze of life. 
We fometimes are in joy, fometimes in fh'ifc, 
Sometimes we fhine, with blcfhngs compafsM round, 
Again, no mark of comfort can be found ; 
Thus Joseph, fometimes in a cave is ibid, 
Again, youMl next the throne his face behold ; 
So Ibange, our fortune docs our friends furprife, 
When rich they know us, but when \)ooy deipilc. 
So flrangcly do wc fee the face of things, 
Princes degraded, beggars reign as kings. 
This day ca(t down, to-morrow 1 may (liinc, 
Alas! then on my fhite do not repine, 
ril fearch the woods, and travel cv'ry fold, 
In hopes fome comfort to my heart they'll yield, 
Perhaps my friends with comfort may return,- 
Nor always cafl: mc oif, nor hear mc mourn. 

( 89 ) 

Love makes true friendfhip, th' comfort of our lifc^ 

Will banifii hatred, drive away flrife ; 

Yet friends in wealth, confider my eftate, 

And think I yet may have a better fate. 

'Tis God can make his face on us to fhine ; 

For this we know, his ways are all divine, 

--CSS^C^S*'- — — 

Poetic Prayer. — Compofed on the times. 

IT is the beauties of poetic fire, 
That fills the foul with heav'nly defirc. 
Of late, how dreadful is the fires, 
The notice of the flates requires ; 
And lately how did ficknefs dire, 
Occaflon thoufands to expire ; 
So many hurried to their death. 
Prepared or not their dying breath. * 
What man calls chance is Providence, 
In pure religion's proper Ten fe. 
Avert thy judgments, oh our God, 
Tho' we deferve it, fpare thy rod ; 
So (hall we look unto thy throne. 
Make 'our diftrefs unto thee known. 
Plead for averting judgments now. 
And pfoflrate low before thee bow. 
We'll foon begin another year. 
Oh God ! then bring us to thee near. 
The feafons then v/ith pleafure roll. 
And make earth heav'n from pole to pole. 
O fave us from thy judgments dire, 
Make us thy own, is our defire. 
Put our diflrefTes far away. 
Lord of the worlds above, we pray ; 
And if thy judgments go abroad. 
We'll fupplicate thy mercy Lord. 
Hide our fins by thy facred death. 
Thy praife we'll fing with our laft breath, 
O God of Love, make us thy own, 
And all thy heav'nly ways we'll own. 
Serve thee, whilft here we flay on earthy 
And live to God by heav'nly birth. 

( 9° ) 

Glory to God, the angels Hng, 
Glory to God, from licav'n we bring ; 
Praile to the Father and the Son, 
And Holy Ghofl, all three in one ; 
So, when this globe of earth^s no more, 
We'll praife th' Eternal evermore. 


Thoughts 071 Mou7it Vernan^ the feat of his Excellency 
George AVashington. 

On his retirement from the nolfe and buftlc of tumultuous life, I cannot, on 
this occafion, refrain from looking into, and Iranfcribing the lines by Mr, 
IVIofes Brown, fpcaking of the benefits of folitud^, and the happinefs of 
a country life. 

O Solitude ! blcfl flate of life below, 

Friend to our thought and balm of every woe ; 

Where luft no objeds for his fires can gain ; 

And pride wants gazers to admire her train. 

C, far from cities, my abode remove. 

To realms of innocence, of peace and love ! 

Thus livM the patriarchial race of old, 

Kings of the verdant plain and fleecy fold ! 

By angels honoured, vifited, carefs'd. 

Nor feldom with th' Almighty's prefence blefs'd. 

I compoj'ed the followmg poc77i in D^ce7?iber^ 1796, the' 
his excellency did not rcfigii hisjeat^ as Prefidcnt^ till Mai'ch 
^th, 1797- 

ATTEND my mufe, while I attempt to fmg, 
And to my fond imagination bring, . 
That retreat, fo rural at Mount Vernon, 
All that pafs by, with plenfure looketh on. 
With wonder gaze, admire, and mull lee 
Suchneatnefs and grand buildings, here there be, 
Whicli firike the eye, and ever pleafe the mind, 
Bccaulc in it good IVafiingtoii wc iind. 
The people's choice the friend of all mankind. 
Sure no plealure's greater on the earth below, 
Than what to dear retirement we owe. 
O for a Zoar, or place of dear retreat, 
>Vhich may contain the fwccts of life complcnt, 



( 9' ) 

Ev'n Mount Vernon, is the retired i]Dot 

Where dwells the virtuous ftatefman, if ncA forgot. 

Tir'd with the tumults of the noifylife, 

He now retires to live from ev'ry llrife : 

So when this earthly fcene of things is o'er, 

Together with the great ones and the poor ; 

Then heav'nly blifs, and joys beyond the grave^ 

Awaits the real chriftian, him to fave. 

May fweet retirement lead up to heav'n,. 

Which to the juft will furely be giv'n ; 

And there to fing, the praife of God mod high 

With happinefs compleat, and heav'nly joy. 

Obfervations on America; compofed at the time of the great 
fire at Savannah^ in Georgia^ and other places^ at the 
approach of the new year ^ 1797. * 

Write of time fo lately pafsM, 
\Vith thoughts of dreadful fires. 
But hope our lot is better caH:, 
Which the new year requires o. 

Tho' days of lofs did us invade, 

In time that's pafTed o'er, 
Yet to thcfe flates joy will be made 

By peace and plenty more. 

May ev'ry blifs our land furround. 

And bring us happinefs ; 
Here if an enemy be found, 

We'll banifti him from hence. 

Sing heav'nlymufein this new year> 

And fend good Prefident, 
So fhall we banifli fordid fear, 

And learn to be content. 

Whate'er is done in Heav'n above. 

Or on this globe below, 
Is furely done to gain our love. 

Lord teach us thee to know. 

This great and rifmg land appears. 
Like land of Canaan oldj 

( 90 

So great Its grown thefe latter years, 
By aged men, Vm. told. 

Some of all nations to us came, 
To make their dwelling here, 

Now fee how great thefe people's name 
To ftrangers does appear. 

may piofperity be found. 
E'er in this land to dwell, 

So that true happinefs abound, 
My mufe with joy may tell. 

A fair American I met, 
As I walk'd on my way, 

1 gaz'd, I lik'd, but did not fret, 

Tho' Sylvia look'd fo gay. 

Ye Sylvan nymphs, and lads fo gay, 

Enjoy th' enfuing year, 
Pafs ail your virtuous hours away, 

As you have nought to fear. 

May ev'ry judgment difappear, 
And nought but joy be found. 

So v/e'll be happy thro' the year, 
And ev'ry good abound. 

Let mirth attend our circling years, "^ ' 

And all the feafon^s roll, 
Nor will we live in fordid fears. 

From the north or fouth pcle. 

We'll fmgthe praife of God moft high, 

And banifli vice away ; 
So (hall we e'er be to God nigh. 

In this our time and day. 

Praife God ye feafons, heav'n, and earth, 

And all that ye contain ; 
Revolving years, he gave you birth,. 

And ever will remain. 


( 93 ) 

An Acrojlic. 
H ISTTcY, of worthies, do record, 1 

I n real truth by men adorM. > 

S uch is the theme of our accord. J 

E xcept we hear, and fee fuch things, 

X anthus* flies thro' our flates with wings, 

C onvincing us in thefe our times, 

E ngaging virtue in our climes; 

L et latter days our wifdom guide, 

L et prudence ilill be on our fide. 

E xcellency is juftly giv'n, 

N one reads, but judge it is from heav'n- 

C ontentthen may our people be, 

Y ou fee the good, 'tv/ill make you free. 

J oin all good with our happy flate ; 

may we virt'ous be and great. 

H eav'n then will blefs both great and poor, 
N one need complain upon our (bore. 

A mazing fcenes are brought about, 
D emonftrate of our good throughout, 
A nd may heav'n fliine on this our land 
M ay ev^y good be near at hand ; 
S uch happinefs we may command. 

P refide, thou good and gracious one, 
R egardthouflill, the good that's known, 
E xceeding all in virtue's ways, 
S ure that will make us happy days. 

1 n juflice and truth near the throne, 
D emand our grateful hearts alone. 
E ngland, and France, with others, fee, 
N o ftates on earth better agree, 
T o blefs us in our liberty. 

O for a pen and hand to write ! 

F or themes fublime, I would indite. 



$ * XANTHUS, one of the horfes of Achilles, A fit reprefentatxon cf 

quick intelligence. 

V 94 j 

T he hifliory of all times declare, 

H eav*n blelTes th' upright and fin cere, 

E ngage our thoughts with utmoflcare. 

U ndaunted may we e'er be found, 

N one (hould be frighted on our ground ; 

I n ev'ry arduous, fcene of things, 

T he prudent, wifdom to us brings, 

E ngage my mind, engage my care, 

D eraign what's juftice, acfl fin cere. 

S uch honour to our peace be giv'n, 
T hat we may fee, it is from heav'n. 
A nd (hould their trouble cv*n arife, 
T he Prefident will a.0: what's wife. 
E ngage all ftates with wifdom's care-, 
S uch part to acT:, jufl:, good and rare. 

for fuch wifdom as may guide, 
F or us in counfel to prefide. 

A 11 ye that wifli this country well, 
M ay here in peace and fafcty dwell, 
E urope itfeif, can't happier be, 
K cjolcing in poflerity. 

1 tho' a ftr anger in this land, 

C an view the bad, good underfland, 
A ndpraife our laws that us command. 



rr3~ Being unemployed at prcfcnt, fliould any of 
iny kind fubfcribers know of any vacancy, as tutor 
in fume gentleman *s family, a place in fome public 
oHice, genteel compting houfe, or vacancy for a 
fchool maftcr, the author will be grateful for the fa- 
vour of acquainting liim of it. He may be heard of» 
by applying to Mr. Matiiew Carey, of Market- 
ftrcct, bookfcllcr. 



HERVEY's meditations among the tombs, — - i 
Poem on the ilarry heavens, -- — -----^85: 
A hymn for Chriftmas day, -------- — 86 

Introdudlion to a folemn hymn among the tombs, 
fung through the ftates of America, on occa- 
fion of the Rev. George Whitefield's deceafe, 
near Bdfton, -- — _---_----_»_ 87 

Funeral hymn, -----------_._. ibid. 

On the negledt of poor relations, - ------88 

Poetic prayer on the prefent times, - ----- 89 

Thoughts on Mount Vernon, the feat of his Ex- 
cellency George Wafhington, late Prefident of 
the United States, --- — --- — ---90 
Obfervations on America, - ---------^i 

An ACROSTIC on his Excellency John Adams, 
Prefident of the United States of America, 93 



Wm. Alh bridge, 
Jofeph Afhbridge, 
Robert S. Adams, 
Thomas Aliibone, 
George Allen, 
John Andrews, profef- 

for, college, 
George Afton, 
Lawrence Alwine, 
Thomas Auftin, 
J. Alld ridge, 

Mifs Nancy Armftrong, 
John W. Ardis, 
David Alder, 
Mrs. Sarah Adi, 
St. Lawrence Adams, 
John Aihburner, 
James Anderfon, 
William Abbott, 
John Alexander, 
John Anderfon, 
Ifaac Arden, 
Mrs. Sufan Allen, 
Hannah Auftin, 

Samuel Axford, 
John Amit, 
Rev. J. Abercrombie, 
Jofeph M. Afhmead, 
William Alexander. 

Edward D. Burke,pro- 

feflbr, college, 
Alexander Brymer, 
Ifaac Boyer, 
Andrew Bayard, 
William Buckly, 
T, Bqon, cuftomhoufe. 




Ceorge Blight, jun, 
Francis Brown, 
John Bohlen, 
Paul Brown, 
Wiliiam Bethel, 
Bowyer Brook, 
Thomas Bleit, 
John Barkley, 
Jofeph Borrowsi 
Jac. Benninghover Jun. 
C. Bidden, 
Fennel Beale, 
Mrs. Elizabeth Bryan, 
Wiih'am BJakcy, jun. 
Daniel Erodhead, 
George F. Baflet, 
i\uguitine Boufquet, 
Wil^am Booth, 
I. B. Bond, 
Jofeph Brittin, 
William Belk, 
Thcnnas Bradford, 
John Bryne, 
Charles B. Brown, 
John Bedford, 
Mifs Rachel Bamore, 
William Y. Birch, 
Abnor Briggs, 
John Brailley, 
William Blackburn, 
Gordon M. Blifs, 
Jofiah Baldwin, 
Robert Bovman. 
Jofeph Burden, 
Culpeper Bridges, 
Charles Bitters, 
Mrs. Sarah Barnhill, 
Mary Barker, 
B, Bailey, 
John Bacon, 
Caleb Birchall, 
George Bond, 
William Bcalty, 
Jofeph Boj>g8, 
WilHain Bingfiam, cfq. 
Hugh Boyd, 
Hcniy Beck, 
Thomas Bradley, 
Jofeph Batt, 
I'. Bond, 
Samuel Bcngc, 
Robert Brevvton, 

James Eently, 
Andrew Brown, 
Charles S. Bunting, 
Wilham Blair, 
Robert Blocr, 
Thomas Barileman, 
Abraham Bradley, 
George Biddle, 
Robert Bayne, 
Mrs. Eliza Ruffy, 
James Boyd, 
Mifs Byvank, 
Ricliard Babe, 
Robert R Bail, 
Jofeph Boucher, 
Robert Bridges, 
Timothy Bloodworth, 
Eliza Budd, 
Richard Butts, 
Mrs. Margaret Bulgen, 
Leonard Brown, 
Mrs. Margaret Barclay, 
William Brown, 
Jofeph B. Barrv, 
Rev. Robert Blackwell, 
John Bordley, 
Edward Braisford, 
Mrs. Brinton, 
Jofeph Brown, 
Patrick Brady. 

Thomas Canby, jun. 
James Cooper, jun, 
George Chambers, 
Samuel Cox, 
M. Campbell, 
Jofeph Clark, 
John Clarke, 
Samuel Cox, 
Charles Cift, 
John Cooke, 
Garrat Cottriiigcr, 
Mrs. Cothnean, 
John Coylc, 
[ohn Carrel, 
William Broafdill, 
A. Cummings Craig, 
\^'illi:^m Currie, 
Mrs. Eleanor Couflens, 
Benjamin Chapman, 
Jolm Collard, 
Janic;; Cor ley ^ 

James C, Coppcri 
Jolhua Clibborn, 
Richard Cufack, 
Mrs. Eliza Carey, 
James Carfon, 
Robert Caldwell, 
John Chandler, 
Richard Carpenter, 
Hugh Cooper, 
Hugh B. Cochran, 
George Caruthers, 
Robert Cor, jun, 
Simeon Conger, 
Lctitia Canty, 
Mrs. Bell Coh«n, 
ifaac Cox, 
John Chalk, 
John Caldwell, 
Evan Clement, 
Robeit Crozicr, 
Samuel Campbell, 
Thomas Carradine, 
Charles Can-;pbell, 
Mathew Carey, 
Mrs. Mary Corken,- 
C. Carmenticr, 
Mrs.J, Crawford, 
John Crawley, 
James Crafwell, 
John Cox, 
Samuel Cummins, 
William Cohoun, 
James A. ClaypooIf» 
John Campbell, 
James Cox, 
Antoine Cofle, 
J. M. Connor, 
Mrs. C. A. Commyns, 
William Clark, 
Jacob Clarkfon, 
James Crawford, 
John Cavan, 
William Chadwick, 
Jacob Chryftler, 
C. Cunningham, 
William Clare, 
Jofeph W. Carteret, 
Mrs. Sarah Cuihbcrf, 
Mis. Currie, 
Mrs. Sarah Cuthbcrt, 
Caikley Collins, 
Denis Collins, 


Mrs. Hannah Callalay, 
William Crimpton, 
Mrs. H. Conftantia, 
Hugh Carney, 
Jchn Corner, 
Patrick Connelly, 
William Caribn, 
James Convy, 
Alexander Cook, 
James Connor, 
Jofeph T. Clement, 
Abraham Cohen, efq. 
A. Cummings Craig, 
Jofeph Cureven. 

James Davifon, pro- 

feflbr, college, 
Rumford Dawes, 
George Dorman, cuf- 

tom houfe, 
William Davis, 
Chriftian Duey, 
James Dougherty, 
John Davifon, 
George Davis, 
John Duffield, 
Jofliua Dorfey, 
P. Dick. 

James Dougherty, jun, 
H. Drozjjun. 
Samuel Denman, 
Mrs. Mary Dallas, 
Thomas Dennis, 
Thomas Dartnell, 
R. C. & A. Degrove, 
Francis Daymon, 
Jacob Dietrick, 
Mrs. Ann Dickinfon, 
T. Dougherty, 
John Dugan, 
Robert H. Dunkin, 
Eliz. Dorfey, 
Andrew Douglafs, 
Jofeph I. De Viar, con- 
ful general of Spain, 
Sarah Dickinfop, 
William Davifon, 
Mrs. Eliza Davis, 
Samuel S. Dickinfon, 
^ Virginia, 
pphn Dennis, 
Gouin Dufiefi 

John Duncan, 
John Darrogh, 
Nicholas Diehl, jum 
W. A. Duer, 
Jchn Dorrers, 
Matthias Delhongj 
John Dougherty, 
John DempfTe, 
James Dougherty, 
Samuel Dun, 
William A. Duer, 
William Dupuy, 

Jacob Edwards, 
Jofeph Ely, 
Thomas Elder, 
Jonathan Edwards, 
Rev. John Ewing, pro- 

feffor, college, 
G. Eddy, 
Jacob Earneft, 
Thomas Ennis, 
Thomas Elliott, 
Mrs. Sarah Evans, 
Evan Evans, 
John lEly, 
George Emlen, 
Mrs. Mary Evans, 
Cadwalader Evans, 
Samuel Elliot, 
James Edger, 
James Engle, 
William Ewing, attor- 
ney at law. 
F. Feely, college, 
Meffrs. Frefnaye, &Co. 
Mrs. Sufanna Forefler, 
Bernard Fearis, 
John Feagan, 
Nicholas Fagan, 
Michael Fagan, 
P. Fcrral, 
Caleb Foulk, jun. 
William Franan, 
John Farrell, 
Matthew French, 
Benjamin Fcrgufon, 
William French, 
Jolhua Field, 
John Folwell, 


A. J. Faivre, 
Mrs. Eliza Flicker, 
Richard Folwell, 
John Fairbairn, 
Mrs. Margaret Fries, 
James Furre, 
Thomas Francis, 
Mrs. Ann Francis, 
Samuel Fox, 
Peter Fearon, 
William S. Fiiher, 
Mrs. Eliza Folwell, 
Sarah Fiz, 
George F. Albert!, 

Mrs. Phebe Flanagan, 
Sarah Fiz, 
Ebenezer Fergufon, 
Staniflas Foucher, 
James Fcrgufon, 
Mrs. Lydia Fitzgerald, 
James Finley, 
Chevalier Freire, Por- 

tuguefe minifter, 
John Y. Forfyth, 
Arthur R. Fitzhugh. 

Charles Goldfborougb, 
Anthony Gale, 
Jacob Gilbert, 
Mrs. Green, 
Jacob Grace, 
James Gillingham, 
Thomas Goodam, 
Thomas Gibfon, 
Mrs.C. Greblc, 
Jacob Gettig, 
Humphris Green, 
John Gould, 
Michael Gravenftine, 
Jofeph GrofF, 
Miles Griffith, 
John Gouge, 
David Greg, 
Benjamin Gardner, 
Mrs. Gillow, 
Edward Greer, 
John Gill, 

Meffrs. P.W.Gallaudct 
James Greenlcaf> 
Levi Garret, 
Thomas GrcA'Cs, 


John Grelner, 
John Giilffpie, 
William Gnffiths, 
V\ illiaiU Gethon, 
Caleb Griffiths, 
John Graham, 
W.G.irdiner, phyfician 

William Gregory, 

Peter Hagner, efq. war 

William Harkins, 
William tiuckcl, 
William Hamiltcn, 
Ifaac Harvey, jun. 
Mrs. iM'.ry Hyberger, 
]ohn S. Hiiiman, 
\Villiara Hall, 
James HortuicJ<:, 
John riolls, 
T'iomas Howard, 
Thomas Hardenbery, 
Kus Harry, 
Mrs. Mari'ha Hunter, 
Samuel Hcri>, 
'William Ho'derncfs, 
Thomas Hockley, 
John K. Helmiitt, 
John Haines, 
John N. Hagenau, 
Mrs. Jennet Hamilton, 
Henry Flcndcrfcn, 
Mrs. H mnah Holland, 
William Hembcl, 
John O. Harrifon, 
John Hclfenftein, 
James Hen^icrfon, 
William Hudlcn, 
John Houlion, 
Mrs. Margaret Hahn, 
William Hiv^glefwoirh 
Samuel Hyndman, 
G. Hamilton, 
Charles Harris, 
John Hughes, , 

Samuel Ha/.khurft, 
George Huinphrys, 
Tetcr Upward, 

Edward F. Hughes, Jofiah Jeancs 

Thomas Harper, 
Brightwcll Hibbs, 
Mrs. Ann Hoops, 
J. Hardy, 
iibraham Hilyard, 
Rev. William Hendel, 
Mrs. C. Hamelin, 
Jofeph Hough, 
Mifs Eliza, 
Mrs. A. Hariifon, 
Sufanna HoiFman, 
"N. Hammond, 
Thomas Hamihcn, city 

J. B. Horn, 

J. H. Hcbarr, 

']'. Hawkins, 

Conrad Hanfe,. 

Jchn Hallr/.vell, 

ISflby Hickman, 
Samuel Harriion, 

David Humphreys, 
John Hindman, 
Mrs. Emily Hopkinfon, 

Robert Hill, 

Ebenczcr Hazard, 

Dr. Robert Harris, 

Mr. Jofeph Huddell, 

Alexander Flejiiphill, 

Mrs. !ria'.vkins, 

Mrs. Hamman:^, 

Mathc'.v Hall, 

Thomas Hickey, 

John Hanlev. 
1. &' J. 

John Jennings, war of- 

Richard Johnfon, 

Peter Joyce, 

•Rolx-rt Jones Heath, 

John Jones, 

Ifaac C. Jones, 

William Johnllon, 

Thorn :;s Jaquet, 

Richard Jolliif, 

Jeremiah Jarman, 


l^avld Jones, 

Robert Jack, 

William H. Jones, 

James J*gJ;5| 

Ifracl J ones, 
Jeremiah Johnf.onj 
Thomas C. Jamcs» 
Ciialklev Tainef, New- 

Mrs. Hetty Invin, 
Robert Jolinfton, 
Mrs. Jar-e Jackfon, 
James JackHm, 
George Jackfon, 
William JoUvi 
Jnmes Irvine, 
Vn illiam Inncj, 
John IndvCepe, 
James Jones, 
John Johnftcn, 
Mrs. Prudence Izatt, 
William B. Johnllon, 
John John lie p., 
Thomas Jones, 
Kobert Henry Jackfcn. 

Francis Kennedy, Ipnd 

Henry Lcv/is Kean, 

Sur. Gem-ral's ofHcc , 
George B. Keilv, 
Frederick Kidelman, 
Matthias Kcef^y, 
D.iniel E. King, 
William l^i-k pat lick, 
Michael Kraffr, 
Peter Keenan, 
George Keiicar, 
Adam Koningip^cher, 
Mrs. Catharine Kuhn, 
Ann Kennedy, 
George Kipipele, 
Andrew K I ingle, 
Vv'illiam Knox, 
Mrs. M. Kintzing, 
Thomas Kelly, 
William Kelly, 
Mrs. D. Kirkman, , 
Jolin*Kenrick, ; --^ 
George Kemblc.^nlW 
Jacob Knorr, .- •- 
Major Michael Kltt^ 
Jolt-ph Kane, ^ 
Benjamin ICxic, 


John Kean, 
Dennis Karr, 
Mrs. Deborah Kuhl, 
Thomas Keetb, 
Samuel Kelfe, 
Mrs. D. Ann Kerlin, 
John Ki,i.?, 
Wiliiam Knox. 

N, Lufborougb, land 

Sampfon Levi, lawyer, 
Richard T. Leech, 
Vv'iiiiam Lawlefs, 
Matthias Ludwi^, 
Aaron Levy, 
Abner Lewis, 
John Lorain, 
John Li I tier, 
Mrs. Mary Linn, 
Wiliiam Lyle, 
Richard Lee, 
Jofeph Lownes, 
Mordecai Lewis, 
Edward Lynch, 
Mifs Mary Lippincott, 
A. Loveland, 
David Lapfley, 
Mrs. Abigal Lowry, 
Benjamin Lyndall, 
John Lawrence, 
A^ndrew Leinau, 
John Laub, 
Jclliua Longfireth, 
John L. Leib, 
Mrs. Sarah Lawfon, 
Mary Lott, 
Mofes Levy, 
Peter Leo, 
Charles C. Ludwig, 
Sir Pxobert Lifton, En- 

gliih Minifter, 
Thomas F. Lawler, 
Robert Linton, 
John Lyndall, 
Patrick Linehan, 
Mils Eliza Learning, 
M'homas Larkum, 
Jofeph S. Lewis, 

«athaniel Lewis, 
owery Holden, 
James Latimer, jun. 

Mrs. Margaret Lownes 
Edward Lucos, 
Mr.'.. Eliza Lewis, 
William Lintcn. 

Patrick M^Gou ran, 

J. M'Ki^ck, receiver 

general's ofnce, 
Ephiaim Morton, land 

John AverellM'Cliire, 
James ^1o n k h o u f*", 
Edward M'Dumett, 
Charles MalTey, 
Ifaac Morton, 
Robert M'Elhenney, 
John M. 6aul, 
Daniel Murgatroyd, 
V;iliiam Mann, 
Thomas Macky, efq. 
Mahlon Milner,' 
William Murdoch, 
S. Milner, 
John Micklejohn, 
Maurice Moloney, 
Mrs. Mary Miiian, 
Daniel Middah, 
William MCally, 
Andrew Mein, 
Mordecai M'Glathery, 
Jofeph L Miller, 
Richard Mares, 
David MCormick, 
Patrick Mahoney, 
Neal M'Gee, 
Bernard M'Mahon, 
John M^Elwee, 
James Matthews, 
John Morgan, 
\Viiiiam Miller, 
Bernard Mehon, 
Jacob Martin, 
John M*Mullin, 
John W. Morrell, jun. 
G. MCallmont, 
Mrs, Malthy, 
Jofeph Mcrrefield, 
Benjamin M' EI toy, 
William Maghee, 
John Murray, 
Mrs. Mary M'AUcfter, 

Mrs. Sara!] M«Far!an> 
James M^Clintuck, 
John Mversi 
Jofeph ' B. ■ M^Kean, 

counfellor at law, 
Mrs. Sarah Metleck, 
John L Malcom, 
Andrew M'Cara, 
Vi. W. MahleRberg, 
John Murdock, 
William Mafter, 
George Mofer, 
Wiliiam Meredith, 
Henry Moore, 
James Miller, 
Robert C. Martin, 
Mrs. Mibfan-i MarlieP;, 
James Milnor, 
Edmond Milne, 
A. Martin, member of 

William M<Murtie, 
Duncan M* Lines, 
Ebenezer Mathefon, 
Mrs. AnnM'Cormick^ 
William^ M'Dougall, 
Pvobert MofFett, 
Mrs. Elfe Monroe, 
Tames Moi an, 
Robert xMiller, 
Henry Meyers, 
John Maybin, 
White Matlack, jun-* 
John Morgan, 
Samuel Meredith, 
Mrs. Mary Martin, 
AJcxander Miller, 
William M'Laws^ 
Abel Marple, 
Jofeph Marfhall, 
John M'Fee, 
Mrs. Moylen, 
Thomas Marfhall, 
Simon Meflenger, 
John M'Dermot, 
John McDonnell, 
Ax\n M'Pherfon, 
Henry Mitchell, 
Henry Miller, 
Robert MarHiall, 
Mrs. Jane Malcolm; 


Mrs. Mary Mifflin, 
Hugh Moriron> 
John Munn, 
James M*Ginnes, 
Thomas M<Collorai 
Henry Monro, 
John M'Crea, 
John M'Euan, 
Henry Moliere, 
Charles M^Alerter, 
William Mackenzie, 
Mrs. Miles, 
Jofeph Morris, 
Andrew Mitchell, 
Samuel Merrick, 
Neal M'Mullin. 
James M'DonncU, 
James Mafflt, 
Andrew Mitchell, 
KoWert M' Adams, 
David M'Kenney. 

Jofeph Nourfe, efq. 
John Newbold, 
William Newel, 
Michael Newbold, 
John Needman, 
Mrs. Sarah Nicholas, 
IRoberr Norris, 
Thoma> Newton, 
Sanv.icl Nightlinger, 
Frederick Newinann, 
Mrs, Mary Ncwhold, 
Mrs. Noble, 
Jofeph North, 
i^ayfe Newcomb, jun. 
Mrs. M. Newman, 
John Nixon, 
Andrew Neilfon. 

Mrs. S. Ommenfeller, 
John Oldden, 
James Oellers, 
John Qtr, 

Mrs. Eleanor Odlin, 
William Old, 
Ifaac Oakford, 
Jofeph Ogilby. 

R. Patterfon, profeflbr, 

R. Patterfon, jun. 

R. Patron, 

William Parker, fec*ry 

general's office, 
John Philips, 
Joffph Parry, 
Ephraim Pitman, 
David Parry, 
Th<5ma& Palmer, 
William Phares, 
Mrs. Catherine Plmblc 
John Potter, 
Thomas Parkinfon, 
Daniel Parry, 
Ifa Pearfon, 
John M. Price, 
Robert Poalk, 
John Phile. 
Samuel Pancoaft, 
Thomas PaiTmorc, 
Alexander Pope, 
Mrs. Sufanna Peak, 
Ralph Peacock, 
Mifs Patterfon, 
Mrs. Sufannah Pratt, 
P. Porcupine, i 2 cop. 
Jeremiah Peirfol, 
John J. Parry. 
Alexander Purves, 
Kinfey Prichett, 
Wm. H. G. Page, 
Mrs. Powel, 
Matthew Park?, 
William Parfon, 
General Thos. Proftor, 
Robert Polke, 
George Parker, 
John Prager, 
Pearfon Parvin, 
John Puhingill, 
Efther Parry, 
William Poyntell, 
Zachariah Poulfon,jun. 
Elijah Perkins, 
Thomas Palmer, 
M. Prager, jun. 
Valentine Peacan, 
Mrs. Cath. Preilon, 
Thomas Parker, 
Caleb Peirce, 
Naphtali Phillips, 
Charles Penrofe, 
Sarah Pay raw, 

Dr. Pommayrae, 
Alfred Powell, 
Zalegman Phillipi. 

• cu 

George Quinlan, 
Capt. Samuel Quin. 

Dr. Wm. Rogers, pro- 

feflbr, college, 
C. S. Ramfey, college, 
Cropley Rofe, 
J. Roberts, 
Richard Reyncll, 
Jofeph Roberts, 
John Rain, 
William Rogers, 
Hugh Roberts, 
Mrs. Cath. Roberts, 
David Reefe, 
Mark Rodes, 
P. Rice, 

Edward Rowley, 
John Reynolds, 
H. Reynolds, 
Wm. Rawle, counfellor 

at law, 
Henry Rice, 
Robert Rallton, 
James Robinfon, 
Thomas O'Reilly, 
A. Richley, 
Wm. Richardfon, 
John Ralfton, 
Daniel P. Ruff, 
Wm. Rogers, 
Wm. Read, 
Lydia Richards, 
John Rhoads, 
Matthew Randall, 
James Ryan, 
George Rizer, 
Ralllon and Jordan, 
Mrs. RachelRobcrts, 
Richard Robinett, 
John Robbins, jun. 
John Read, jun. 
Mrs. Eliz. Rudolph, 
C. Reithmullcr, ^ 

Alexander Robertfon, 
Samuel Richards, jun^ 
John Richev, ^ 

Mrs, Ann Richards> 


John Robinfon, 
Mrs. Mary Rowan, 
John Ridge, 
George Rawlfton, 
James Robinfon, 
James Roche, 
Mrs. Mary Robertfon, 
James Riiketts, 
Nathaniel Ramfey, 
John Rey, 

Thomas A. Richards, 
Samuel Reynolds. 

George Smith, efq. 
Stephen Sykes, land- 
Wm. Symmonds, efq. 
Wm. Shanner, 
David Sparks, 
Benjamin Stille, 
John Scott, 
Wm. Smiley, 
John Smith, 
Harman Stout, 
Wm. Sherer, 
Thos. Shoemaker^ 
Wm. Sherman, 
J. H. Seymonr, 
Jabes Stockman, 
D. Shute, 
Jacob Servofs, 
W. Smith, 

Frederick Shinkle, jun. 
Wm. Smith, 
Morgan Sweeny, 
Mrs. Mary Shaw, 
Mrs. Sophia Seckel, 
David Sellers, 
Henry Steever, 
Samuel Shaw, 
James Stokes, 
Aaron Smith, 
Henry SheafF, 
Andrew Stevenfon, 
S. Shoemaker, 
Peter Stewart, 
Wm. Smith, jun. 
Jofeph Sanfom, 
Mrs. Elizabeth Stiles, 
W. A. Stokes, 
Samuel Smith, 
John StiUe, 

Robert S. Stephens, 
John Sykes, 
Jofeph Shoemaker, 
Ifaac Snowden,jun, 
Thos. Shoemaker, 
Samuel Stevens, 
Mrs. Margaret Smith, 
Sallows Shewell, 
Daniel Shute, 
Robert Sewell, 
Newberry Smith, 
James Simpfon, 
Benjamin Sharp, 
Wm. Smith, 
Jacob Stiles, 
J. A. Smith, efq. 
John Scott, 
Laurence Seckle, 
Wm. Shepherd, 
Emanuel Singer, 
Samuel Spoldeng, 
George SheafF, 
Mrs. Ann Singer, 
Charles Steel, 
John Jacob Sommer, 
Matthew Sully, 
Benjamin S. Barton, 
Uriah Smith, 
Edward Spragill, 
Jacob Stout, 
John Zac Steward, 
John Sommerville, 
Mrs. Shute, 
Sam. H. Smith, 
Richard Sutton, 
Mrs. M. Smallwood, 
Wm. Stewart, 
Robert Stevens, 
James Smithei, 
James Smith, 
Wm. Simmonds, 
Mrs. M. Simfon, 
Mrs. Sewell, 
Paul Smithfon, 
Thomas Spencer, 
Dr. Samuel Shober, 
Gerardus Stockdale, 
Benjamin Shaw, 
Mrs. Ann Say re, 
John Sonis, 
James Sawyer, 
James Scanlan, 

John Stephen{o»> 
Mrs. Mary Sikcs> 
Jofeph Simons, 
Mrs. Jane Shaw, 
Robert Stewart, 
Mrs. Maria Sewelf, 
Samuel W, Sayre, 

John Taylor, 
Bankfon Taylor, 
Mrs. Eliza Tod, 
William Telton, 
Jacob F. Tuthill, 
Patrick Taggert, 
Robert Town, 
Godfrey Twell, 
Nathaniel Thomas, 
Robert Taylor, . 
David Thomfon, 
Jofeph R. Tatem, 
Andrew Taylor, 
Charles Townfend, 
Luke Thomas, 
Themas Timmons, 
Henry Tucknefs, 
Henry Townfend, 
Mrs. R. Thomfon, 
Jonathan Tipfon, 
Samuel Tomkins. 
William H. Tod, 
Edward Tilghman, jr. 
Richard Tybout, 
Achefon Thomfon, 
J. Tatnall, 
Mrs. Ann Thornton, 
Sufanna Tillinghaft, 
William Thomfon, 
John Thomas, 
John Towers, 
Mrs. M. Thomfon. 

U. &. V. 
Thomas Vantelburgh, 
John Vandardaln, 
Mrs. Eliza Vaneer, 
Mrs. Eliza Vallance, 

John Wharton, 
George Wilfon, 
James Wallace, 
James Wood, 
Charles Watts, 
B. Wood, 


Wiiilam Wray, 
S'tephen Vi'orrelI> 
James Walker, 
Georcre Weed, 
Jt>hn Watfon, 
John Waflls, 
Ifrael Whelan, 
James White, 
W'iHiam Vvindam, 
Samuel Watr, 
John Waddiiigton, 
Samutl WetheriiJ, jun. 
inrchi'aald V/opiinii?", 
William Woodhoufe, 
Thomas White, 
John Webb, 
George Wilfon, 
?. E^Whelan, 
William Wain, 
Mrs. P. Wain, 
Charles Wharton, 
J-lanfon Wafers, 
Jofoph Wynkoop, 
Franci=; Weifs, 
J'etfr Walter, 
J. Wairpok) 

Dr. Wiftar, 
Robert \Vailace, 
Rcefe Wall, 
Jer. Warden, iun. 
Peregrine Wichercd, 
Benj:imin Wood, 
James WelfH, 
George Weftcctt, 
John Whiteman, 
W. S. Willing, 
W. W. Woodward, 
George Way, 
John Walker, 
Matthew Walker, 
James Wilking, 
Mrs. Maria Warner, 
JBer.jamin Williams, 
John Wood, 
David Wallace, 
Caleb Wilkins, 
J, P. Wagnon, 
jofeph B. Wilkinfon, 
Jofeph Wharton, 
J. Wilfon, 
JfJaniel Wifter, 
John White, 

John Wire? 
Adam Walter, 
Enoch XA'iigVr, 
Joel Wilfon, 
Peter ^Jc'elV^' nod, 
Mrs'Ann Wilfon, 
James L. Walter, 
Mrs. H. Wright, 
Mrs. Watidington, 
Sarah Williams, 
Charles E. Webb, 
Mary Wee, 
Mrs. Eliza Weftnn, 
Giillavus B. W.illace, 
B. M. Worrell, 
Silveftcr Woodward, 
James White, 
John Watfon. 

Charles Young, 
Mrs. Sar^h \eomen, 
James Vard, 
John Young, 
Dr. John T. Younp, 

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